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Pope says church will better protect young

April 19, 2010

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— With tears in his eyes, Pope Benedict XVI made his most personal gesture yet to respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal Sunday, telling victims the church will do everything possible to protect children and bring abusive priests to justice, the Vatican said.

The emotional moment carried no new admissions from the Vatican, which has strongly rejected accusations that efforts to cover up for abusive priests were directed by the church hierarchy for decades. But the pontiff told the men that the church would “implement effective measures” to protect children, the Vatican said, without offering details.

Benedict met for more than a half-hour with eight Maltese men who say they were abused by four priests when they were boys living at a Catholic orphanage. During the meeting in the chapel at the Vatican’s embassy here, Benedict expressed his “shame and sorrow” at the pain the men and their families suffered, the Vatican said.

The visit — which came on the second day of Benedict’s two-day trip to this largely Roman Catholic island — marked the first time Benedict had met with abuse victims since the worldwide clerical abuse scandal engulfed the Vatican earlier this year.

Comments

whats_going_on 4 years, 11 months ago

Why can't this religion just go away.

Watching the news last night, they were covering this story and just the sight of the pope and his sick priests made me so angry and disgusted, especially after hearing them make excuse after excuse. UGH.

snoozey 4 years, 11 months ago

Gee whiz folks - you didn't expect him to tell the truth or say we will turn over records and prosecute past and current offenders did you? Just a nice speech for the sheep, keep the faith and those donations coming folks, we know best how to handle this and lets keep the law out of it. Oh, and don't forget to keep sending us your kids.

50YearResident 4 years, 11 months ago

My question is, if they prosecuted all past and current offenders would there be any priests left, or even a Pope?

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