4/17/2008

Pope Apologizes for Priests That Have Raped Children (Well, not in those words...)

JOHN HOLUSHA and IAN FISHER write in the New York Times:The pope began his visit [to the United States] by addressing an issue that has wounded the Catholic Church in the United States, telling reporters on his aircraft that the sexual abuse of children has caused "great suffering" for the church and "me personally." The scandal has produced thousands of sexual abuse victims and about 5,000 accused priests since it erupted in 2002 and has cost the church more than $2 billion in settlements."It is a great suffering for the church in the United States and for the church in general and for me personally that this could happen," he said. "As I read the histories of those victims, it is difficult for me to understand how it was possible that priests betrayed in this way. Their mission was to give healing, to give the love of God to these children. We are deeply ashamed and we will do what is possible that this cannot happen in the future."Separated at birth?

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