Pope Benedict Issues Apology for Irish Sex Abuse Cases
Pope Benedict XVI has asked for forgiveness from the victims of sexual abuse committed by various Irish Catholic clergies. In a pastoral letter addressed specifically to the Catholics of Ireland, Benedict said he shares the “dismay and sense of betrayal” that many members of the Irish catholic church have felt after it was revealed that several priests sexually abused young children in the past.
The Pope said the entire Catholic Church is ashamed by the “sinful and criminal” actions of some priests, adding that those guilty of committing the abuses should “answer to God and civil authorities.”
However, Benedict did not directly admonish Irish bishops who did not only conceal the abuses from the police, but also let those guilty of committing the abuses get away without punishment.
Groups representing the victims were also dismayed by Pope Benedict’s letter, which they say should have called for the resignation of Irish Catholic Church leader Cardinal Sean Brady, who recently admitted that he chose not to report a case in the 1970’s involving a Nobertine priest.