Skip to comments.Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity
Posted on 07/07/2014 10:16:41 AM PDT by Welchie25
Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that despicable actions caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.
There is no place in the churchs ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not, and to hold all bishops accountable for protecting young people, the pope said during a special early morning Mass for six survivors of abuse by clergy. The Mass and private meetings held later with each individual took place in the Domus Sanctae Marthae - the popes residence and a Vatican guesthouse where the survivors also stayed.
In a lengthy, off-the-cuff homily in Spanish July 7, the pope thanked the six men and six women - two each from Ireland, the United Kingdom and Germany, for coming to the Vatican to meet with him. The Vatican provided its own translations of the unscripted homily.
The pope praised their courage for speaking out about their abuse, saying that telling the truth was a service of love, since for us it shed light on a terrible darkness in the life of the church.
The pope said the scandal of abuse caused him deep pain and suffering. So much time hidden, camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.
He called sex abuse a crime and grave sin, that was made even worse when carried out by clergy.
This is what causes me distress and pain at the fact that some priests and bishops, by sexually abusing minors violated the innocence of children and their own vocation to God, he said.
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It’s a touchy matter to be sure. It’s not possible in every single case to determine whether the crimes reported took place; and sometimes in other cases crimes are not reported for years if ever. But it happens in all parts of Christendom.
Holding a Mass is one of the Roman Catholic ways of asking Christ to come and heal a situation that was marred by sin. To do that, of course, Christ can’t just be left at the altar; He needs to be embraced by all parties, both the offenders and the offended, to walk with them wherever they go.