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Pope Apologizes to Clerical Sex Abuse Victims

Michael Day - The Independent
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July 8, 2014
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Pope slams Church complicity in child sex abuse. (AFP/CristianB.)

It was the first time the progressive Pope had met abuse survivors and the apology he gave the six – British, Irish and German – who were attacked by priests as children was designed to acknowledge the gravity of the Church’s guilt and complicity.

“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,” he said at a private mass this morning at the Vatican. He also apologized for “the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders”.

Despite his popularity, there has been criticism of Francis for failing to take a high-profile stand against the global pedophilia scandal.

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