Friday, June 11, 2010

Pope Begs Forgiveness from Abuse Victims; Will "Do Everything Possible" to End Abuse

The Express (British) website reports today (June 11, 2010) that Pope Benedict XVI has begged forgiveness from clerical abuse victims and promised to "do everything possible" to ensure priests never molest children again.

He made the pledge during a Mass in St. Peter's Square yesterday, marking the end of the Vatican's Year of the Priest -- a celebration of the priesthood that has been marred by revelations of hundreds of new cases of clerical abuse, cover-up, and Vatican inaction to root out pedophiles.

In his homily, the Pope lamented that during what should have been a year of joy for the priesthood, the "sins of priests came to light -- particularly the abuse of the little ones."

He said the scandal was a call for purification of the Church.

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