Pope Francis seek forgiveness from Victims of clergy sex abuse
Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors. He also promised to hold bishops accountable for the protection of minors.
The pope celebrated a Mass with six survivors at his Vatican hotel Monday, but in his homily he didn’t spell out whether that accountability would include firing bishops and other prelates who systematically shuffled pedophile priests from parish to parish to avoid bringing shame upon the Catholic church.
Victims’ advocacy groups around the world have pressed the Vatican for decades to severely discipline any complicit church hierarchy.
Even while the pope spent his morning with the three men and three women, listening to their stories one by one, several victims’ groups blasted the meetings as being “a PR event.”
‘These deaths of these so beloved children of God weigh upon the heart and my conscience and that of the whole church.’- Pope Francis
The Vatican quoted Francis as expressing personal `’sorrow” in his homily at the private Mass with the victims for the `’sins and grave crimes” of clerical sex abuse against them.
Francis pledged “not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not.”
`’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, according to the English translation of his homily, which was delivered in Spanish. Read More