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Pope Francis apologises to victims of clerical sex abuse over 'wounding' comments

24 Enero 2018, 10:47 | Bibiana Flor

Pope Francis apologises to victims of clerical sex abuse over 'wounding' comments

Pope Francis apologises to victims of clerical sex abuse over 'wounding' comments

Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse were last week by Francis' impassioned defense of Barros. Invoking Mary, he called for compassion, which he also demonstrated as he blessed a Chilean prisoner's unborn baby and consoled people who lost their homes in devastating floods a year ago on Peru's northern coast.

He also highlighted the fact that three recent Peruvian presidents have been jailed or charged with corruption.

"I apologize for hurting them without realizing it. But I did not intend this", said Francis. Pope Francis acknowledged that suffering.

Ecclesiastical culture emphasizes fraternity, harmony, and the appearance of getting along, and the American bishops have seemed to stress those values during the Francis pontificate. In 2002, he was named a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and served in subsequent consultative roles at the Vatican.

On Saturday, even Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, a key papal adviser, distanced himself with a statement saying the pope had caused "great pain".

The current superior general is Alessandro Moroni Llabres.

"I have to apologise", the Pope told reporters aboard the plane, saying he realised he had "wounded many people who were abused". Alejandro Bermúdez, executive director of CNA, is a member of the community.


The biggest abuse offender was Rev. Fernando Karadima, who in 2011 was sanctioned to a lifetime of "penance and prayer" for sexually molesting minors.

Chilean government spokeswoman Paula Narvaez said there was an "ethical imperative to respect victims of sexual abuse, believe them and support them".

Humanae Vitae, especially, is an issue that the bishops of the United States have stressed over the past few decades.

He also repeated his belief that Barros was not guilty, saying he had rejected two offers by the bishop to resign. Many were disappointed and angry at the pope's statements, and that lead to more protests in Chile against the church during the papal visit to the Latin-American country. Karadima denies the allegations.

When questioned by a Chilean journalist on Thursday, the Argentine pontiff had said: "The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, then I will speak".

He continued: "In the typical Chilean family, parents (now) think twice before sending their kids to Catholic school because you never know what is going to happen".

In his role, Londoño, Bishop of Jericó, will oversee the community as they continue a process of reform. Those couples would say "the pope did it, why can't you?" one commentator wrote. "This was years ago", the pope said, referring to a 2010 earthquake that struck Chile.


Speaking with bishops, he addressed problems that included sexual abuse and divisions within the church.

Given the difficult work American bishops have done to address sexual abuse, it makes sense that O'Malley offered a response to the Pope.

Pope Francis has visited other prisons, but this was the first time on his travels as pope that he visited one just for women.

"The people's warmth was unbelievable [at the mass in Lima]".

Francis had sought to heal the wounds by meeting this week with abuse victims and begging forgiveness for the crimes of church pastors.

Pope Francis has apologized for making comments he said were hurtful to victims of clerical sex abuse.




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