Pope Benedict XVI publicly apologized for the sex abuse scandal on June 11. In St. Peter’s Square, he said, “We…insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved, while promising to do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again.”
In training men for priesthood he assured that “we will do everything we can to weigh the authenticity of their vocation and make every effort to accompany priests along their journey, so that the Lord will protect them and watch over them in troubled situations and amid life’s dangers.”
Weeks ago in a visit to Portugal the Pope claimed that the greatest threat to the Church comes from inside “the sin inside the Church.”
Joelle Casteix of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) expressed disappointment in the Pope’s remarks, saying, “He spoke about seminary formation and begging survivors for forgiveness. That does nothing to keep kids safe right now.”
The lay Catholic group Bishop Accountability also expressed disappointment in the Pope’s apology, and urged him to “endorse and facilitate certain external measures that would increase transparency and advance justice, [and have] his bishops to cooperate fully with secular investigations, not oppose them.”
Meanwhile Rev. Innocent Jooji of Abuja, Nigeria expressed approval of the Pope’s apology, but added, “He should go around to a few continents to talk about sex abuse, and the impact would be more…It’s a problem to face. We need more conversation.”
Rinaldo Cornacchini, commons.wikimedia.org
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