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Report: historic papal apology coming

So says a leading newspaper in Great Britain.

This, from The Independent:

pope_359686s.jpgPope Benedict XVI is planning to make the first general apology for the abuse of children and minors by Roman Catholic priests when he meets thousands of clergymen from around the world in June at the climax of the International Year for Priests, Vatican sources say.


In the past there have been papal or church apologies for individual cases of paedophilia or for abuse in specific countries, for example during the German pontiff’s recent visit to Malta. What is being prepared now would be the first time a pope seeks to atone publicly for the extent to which paedophilia has been a major stain on the modern history of the church touching a constellation of countries, say the sources at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy. It could be considered comparable to the historic step that the previous pope, John Paul II, took in apologising to the Jews for historic church anti-Semitism and for misdeeds during the Crusades, they say.

Vatican officials hope such an unprecedented act of penance by Benedict, together with thousands of clergymen in St Peter’s Square, 9-11 June, will do much to lay to rest the scandal and defuse protests that might disrupt his trip to Britain in September. The encounter will form the climax of the special year of events designed in part to encourage vocations to the cloth but which instead has been marred by the mushrooming paedophile scandal.

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Roman Crusader

posted April 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I think we will see more than apologies coming and we will surely start seeing acts of penance as some having been talking about. And people will be replaced.

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Holy Cannoli

posted April 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm

>>>And people will be replaced.
That is the key and, I believe, an extremely important part of this apology. “People” referring to those bishops who have been implicated in harboring and reassigning criminals.
Unless there are some dramatic changes in the way offenders are sanctioned, we will see more of the same. So far, bishops (with very few exceptions) have suffered no consequences to their actions from Rome.
• The upshot: Justice Burke, who once headed the lay review board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops investigating sexual clergy abuse, has been angered by the snail’s pace used by the American bishops dealing with the church’s nightmare crisis.
“If I were asked by the pope what I think needs to be done, I would suggest that the bishops who permitted the transference of priests accused of child sexual abuse be forced to step down!”
“The pope is the only one who can fire them! The cardinal in Ireland just got it right. He forced four bishops to resign! A fraternal correction must take place!,CST-NWS-SNEED23A.article

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posted April 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm

The apology should be followed by action….removing all those involved in the cover up and if still alive (of course) the priests who committed the crimes. All should, IMO, be tried in civil courts in the areas they committed the crimes and punished to the fullest extent of the law if found guilty.

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Roman Crusader

posted April 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm

My point exactly Holy Canoli, and worst of all is that homosexuals are treated as if they are sacred cows and “criticism will not be tolerated”. Unless Panthera comes around playing the victim.

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