My Way News - Pope begs forgiveness, promises action on abuse
Quote(VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI begged forgiveness Friday from clerical abuse victims for the sins of priests and promised to "do everything possible" to ensure that prelates don't rape or molest children ever again.)
Interesting albeit somewhat late.
Quote("We too 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," he said.)
Quote(Benedict also made similar comments last month en route to Portugal, in which he acknowledged that the "sins from within the church" were responsible for the scandal, not the media or some outside anti-Catholic lobby.)
Seems to have changed his tune!
Quote("A promise is nominally more helpful than an apology. But promises are usually easy to make, hard to keep and broken often if there's no oversight or penalties,)
Quote(She said the crux of the problem remained the "nearly limitless power" of bishops and a church structure and culture that allows them to be "virtually answerable to no one." She said that had allowed abusive priests to remain in the ministry for decades.)
When one is answerable to no one, what possible restraints are there?
Oh yes, of course there is always their promise to their God!
Quote(Benedict's own legacy has been tarnished by the scandal, since he was archbishop of Munich in the 1980s when he approved therapy for a suspected pedophile who was allowed to resume pastoral duties while being treated. The priest, the Rev. Peter Hullermann, later was handed a suspended sentence for molesting a boy. In addition, Benedict's legacy at the Vatican office that dealt with sex abuse has come under scrutiny.)
With little if any result other than Papal forgiveness for Papal guilt!
Quote( Benedict said the scandal had shown the need for a purification of the church.)
When something is purified, the purification starts at the top and continues until all of the rotten parts are removed.
Quote("Had the Year for Priests been a glorification of our individual human performance, it would have been ruined by these events," he said. "But for us what happened was precisely the opposite: We grew in gratitude for God's gift.")
I have no doubt someone will be able to explain this paragraph to me.
Quote(A Spanish priest who attended Friday's Mass, the Rev. Davide Torrijus, concurred.
"We have all suffered during the year of the priests" because of the scandal, he said. "It was good for the pope to show also the positive aspects - gratitude for the gift.")
I am still oblivious to what 'gift' is referred to unless it is the 'gift' of the Pope in forgiving himself and the rest of his Church.
Oh well i guess there is no reason he too cannot jump on the band wagon and blame 'Bush'?