At a mass with some 15,000 priests marking the end of the Roman Catholic Church’s Year for Priests, the Pope asked for forgiveness from victims of priest sexual abuse:
“We … insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved, while promising to do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again,”
I have already suggested that the Pope could learn a lesson or two about responsibility by reading some of the comic books I read while I was a kid.
Preventing Paedophile priests From Joining the Priesthood
The Pope’s focus appears to be on preventing sexual abusers from joining the priesthood in the first place:
“In admitting men to priestly ministry and in their formation we will do everything we can to weigh the authenticity of their vocation and make every effort to accompany priests along their journey,”
What About The Rest?
There is no mention of what, if any, responsibility the Pope and the Vatican intend to take for the hundreds of priests around the world who have been accused or convicted of sexual abuse.
What Do You Think?
Does the Vatican, the Pope or Roman Catholic Church as an institution bear some responsibility to the victims of priest sexual abuse around the world?
What should the Vatican do to help victims of priest abuse?
Post your comments and let me know.