Pope Finally Offers Public Apology For Child Abuse Within Church

September 18, 2010

UK (ChattahBox World News) – After using the last year to blame everyone from the Devil to the Jews for the sexual misconduct by priests against children through the history of the church – including endless scandals within the last 50 years – the Catholic Church has issued an official apology through the Pope.

The sex abuses covered up by the Catholic Church have been known for a long time, but they have reached a fever pitch in the last year. Within that time, the Church has been just as slow to apologize as they were to respond for the crimes, which for many priests continued years after they were initially found out.

The Pope himself was found to have contributed to the problem by covering up some of the abuses, as have many other high officials within the Vatican. Letters found were some of many pieces of evidence about the disgusting policy of the papacy and individual schools and churches to hide the actions of priests while they continued to rape, molest and physically abuse those under their charge.

Now, the Pope has apologized, saying that the scandals and “shamed and humiliated” himself and those in the Church.

“I think of the immense suffering caused by the abuse of children, especially within the Church and by her ministers. Above all, I express my deep sorrow to the innocent victims of these unspeakable crimes,” he was quoted by Reuters, as he apologized for the abuse and admitted that the response “had been slow”, a bizarre understatement, considering this has gone on for at least decades.

I don’t believe him. I am not saying that the Pope is supportive of children being raped, but he is certainly not eager to do what needs to be done to eliminate the threat. He has taken next to no moves to resolve the issue, and priests and bishops involved are still being protected.

This has gone far enough; children are being raped, and the Catholic Church is being allowed to handle it within their own walls, which they are obviously unable to do. The law needs to get fully involved, and bring down the hammer of justice to anyone and everyone who in any way allowed the abuse of children to continue.


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

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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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