Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pope: Abuse was sinful and criminal

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Cardinal Sean Brady, Primate of all Ireland, gives out the pastoral letter to parishioners at St PatrickThe Pope has apologised to the victims of clerical sex abuse in Ireland, saying he is "truly sorry".

In a pastoral letter which is being read out at Masses across the country this weekend, the Pontiff has called on Bishops to admit that grave errors of judgement were made and failures of leadership occured.

He asked abusers to openly acknowledge their guilt, to submit themselves to the demands of justice and said the abuse was "sinful and criminal".

“You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry.”

n the much-anticipated letter, Pope Benedict acknowledged that many victims who were brave enough to speak out found no one would listen.

“In order to recover from this grievous wound, the Church in Ireland must first acknowledge before the Lord and before others the serious sins committed against defenceless children,” he added.
“No one imagines that the present painful situation will be resolved quickly,” he added.
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