Cardinal Timothy Dolan is standing by Pope Francis as the new leader comes under pressure on the issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, Dolan said he is confident that Pope Francis will meet with sex abuse victims in the near future, something he has not yet done in the year since becoming pope.
Dolan said that the problem of sexual abuse goes much further than the church.
"Why is it the church alone that is being kicked around?" he said. "This is a societal problem, a cultural problem. It afflicts families, every institution, every religion. We're rather grateful that our church, which was an example of what not to do in the past, in the last 12, 13, 14 years, has become an example of what to do."
Three months ago, Pope Francis announced the formation of a Vatican commission for the protection of minors.