Pope Finally Offers Public Apology For Child Abuse Within Church

September 18, 2010


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6 Responses to “Pope Finally Offers Public Apology For Child Abuse Within Church”

  1. Pope Finally Offers Public Apology For Child Abuse Within Church - ChattahBox | Dla ciekawskich on September 18th, 2010 4:45 pm

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  2. Mary on September 18th, 2010 5:31 pm

    Whoever wrote this must live in an alternate universe. The Pope has been apologizing since 2005. His current apology is hardly a “finally”.

  3. Alex on September 18th, 2010 10:35 pm

    Yes, I agree Mary, with such an important issue, it is hard to be balanced, but the author should make more of an effort to at least try to be objective. She has further sensationalised and exaggerated the situation by saying that “children are being raped” as if it is currently going on and the Church is standing by watching. That could not be further than the truth.

    The official Church response is through the Pope and if you read his speeches and writings you will see he has apologised many times and strongly criticised the Church figures involved. You shouldn’t focus solely on the off-hand comments of some other Church figures who don’t have, and aren’t interested in, a PR manager.

    There is a lot of rhetoric about taking the Church not taking ‘decisive action’. Do you know what the Church has done so far? What else would you like it to do?

    People don’t seem to understand that the Church is not a political party. Benedict did not campaign for his job. It is an unenviable one, especially for an 80-year old. Who would want to be in his situation arriving in England this week, seriously?

    In fact he asked John Paul II if he could resign, a few times, and was denied. This may also be why the Pope has refused to accept the Irish bishops’ resignation. He wants them to solve the issue. To go back and right the wrongs as best they can. Perhaps he wants them to realise that you can’t just say “I failed” and walk away from a problem.

    In this sense, the Church is a great leader in forgiveness and helping people to improve and move on. The more secular parts of society could learn much from Benedict’s approach.

    Most importantly, he keeps pressing on with his task, despite the some poeople’s strong criticism. That is exactly what defines a good leader.

  4. Kay Ebeling on September 18th, 2010 11:38 pm

    Pope calls Pedophile Priest Crimes Unspeakable, but he is the one not speaking. The Pope is the one who worked to get victims not to speak through gag orders in early settlements.. The Pope is the one overseeing pension payments to retired pedophile priests like Oliver O’Grady, assuring the priests don’t speak. The Pope is the one orchestrating the battle to keep Church documents from being released to Courts, law enforcement, and the news media, so yes, to him pedophile priest crimes are “unspeakable.” Read More at http://cityofangels8.blogspot.com by a victim of this crime who is also a survivor.)

  5. olivia on September 19th, 2010 12:07 am

    Mary – This is the first time he has been truly direct in his ‘apologies’. There has always been an “I’m sorry, but” element to everything he has said, just look at the cardinals directly under him, or the comments through church officials and the Pope on the Irish, the Jews, the Gays, the Devil…it is utterly ridiculous.

  6. olivia on September 19th, 2010 12:10 am

    Alex – This is a blog. This story was a commentary based on a news piece, like most of what is written on this blog. I don’t think it is sensationalized to speak about children being raped; we have no idea if it is still going on, or how long it has gone on. How long have we heard stories of priests allowed to continue in the church, working with children, when they were known molesters? The Pope, when he was a Cardinal, helped cover a case up that led to more than 100 (literally) being molested by one man.

    The response from the Catholic Church on an issue that is far reaching and long since known is despicable.

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