I did two blogs already on this story:
For me this is too little, too late. They are Animals. Some could say “Well done” for saying Sorry, but it doesn’t take away the fact thousands of kids were attacked in a sexual way and abused and killed by people they trusted, supposed men of God. For me many people wo are in the Catholic Church are evil, you can’t be human and do this. Don’t forget the 4,000 reported sexual attacks on kids to the Vatican in the last 10 year or so, I ask how high is this number really. I chatted with a Catholic early this morning about this who, to be fair was more annoyed at me than the TRUTH! He says “This happens all over the World” Basically he was trying to defend this from the Catholic Church. I am all for people having faith, but how can you have faith on a Peadophile ring that is in parts of the Catholic Church?
Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the damage done by Roman Catholic priests who abused children.
According to Vatican Radio, the Pope told members of a children’s rights group he felt “compelled… to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children”.
He said that members of the clergy who had molested young children were “quite a few in number”.
The Pope said: “The Church is aware of this damage.”
He added: “It is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem and the sanctions that must be imposed.
“On the contrary, I think we must be even stronger. You don’t play around with the lives of children.”
The Vatican says the Church has begun enforcing prevention and detection measures to eradicate abuse, however the success of these measures is said to vary widely between countries.
Thousands of abuse claims, dating back decades, have come to light in recent years.
The Church’s handling of the allegations has been a subject of controversy with frequent reports of cases being covered up.
Pope Francis has also faced personal criticism for not taking a tough enough stand on the issue.
In February a UN committee released the findings of a month-long investigation into clerics “involved in the abuse of tens of thousands of children worldwide”.
It raised concerns that sexual abusers were moved from parish to parish or across borders and that there was a “code of silence” among the clergy.
The UN committee urged the Holy See to share information on all cases of abuse, amid reports the Vatican had declined to provide any data relating to the scandal.