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7/7/2014 (2 years ago)

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Pontiff says bishops bear responsibility for covering up abuse

Begging for forgiveness, Pope Francis met with Catholics who were sexually abused by members of the clergy. Going much further than any of his predecessors, the pontiff vows to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests.

Begging for forgiveness, Pope Francis met with Catholics who were sexually abused by members of the clergy.

Begging for forgiveness, Pope Francis met with Catholics who were sexually abused by members of the clergy.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/7/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Popr Francis, molestation, forgiveness, bishops, accountability


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Abuse victims, alongside their advocates have long demanded that higher-ups be made to answer for the decades-long cover-ups of rape and molestation of the young. The sexual abuse scandal has rocked the church and dismayed its worldwide flock of 1.2 billion.

The pope celebrated a private Mass with six victims - two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany - at his Vatican residence. He then listened to their own accounts of abuse, one by one.

Let's all pray that everyone involved will find it in their hearts to forgive --

"Before God and his people, I express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you. And I humbly ask forgiveness," Francis said.

"I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves," the pope said. "This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused, and it endangered other minors who were at risk."

The Pope however made no mention of what countless victims and their families around the globe have waited years to hear . whether bishops and other prelates who shuffled child-molesting priests from parish to parish or didn't inform police and prosecutors would be fired or demoted.

"All bishops must carry out their pastoral ministry with utmost care in order to help foster the protection of minors, and they will be held accountable," Francis said, delivering his homily in his native Spanish.

As expected, all were not mollified. The U.S.-based victims group SNAP, or the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, reacted skeptically.

"We are glad the pope promises to 'hold accountable' Catholic officials who conceal abuse," SNAP Director David Clohessy said in statement. "But he hasn't done it yet, not in Rome, nor in Buenos Aires. Saying and doing are different things. The first is easy, the second is hard."

Others were not as harsh. Anne Barrett Doyle, a director of another victim's advocacy group, BishopAccountability.org, said the pope's meeting with the three men and three women was still a positive step.

"The pope made a significant and historic promise to discipline bishops who fail to respond adequately to child sexual abuse," she said.

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