Pope Quotes 4

23 09 2010

Pope Quotes 4

I’ve put these quotes last although when it came to it the subject was very much ‘up front’ with the media. For us, they merely show he has been listening and came with humility that was remarkable for a man in his position. It was good to hear. In fact we needed to hear it.

4. Key Points on Child Abuse

Response to Child Abuse challenges

“In the first place, I have to say that these revelations were a shock to me, a source of great sadness. It is difficult to understand how this perversion of the priestly ministry was possible. The priest at the moment of ordination, having prepared for years for that moment, says yes to Christ, becoming His voice, His mouth, His hand, and serving Him with all his life so that the Good Shepherd Who loves, helps and leads us to truth may be present in the world. It is difficult to understand how a man who has done and said these things can fall into this perversion. It is very sad. It is also sad that the Church authorities were not sufficiently vigilant, not quick and decisive enough in taking the necessary measures. For all these reasons we are now in a time of penance, humility and renewed sincerity”    (Answer to Press on flight about child abuses – Thurs 16th)

Concern for Child Abuse Victims

“As concerns the victims, I would like to make three important points. … How can we make reparation, what can we do to help these people overcome their trauma, rediscover life and faith in the message of Christ? Concern and commitment to the victims is the first priority, with material psychological and spiritual assistance. The second question is the problem of the guilty, ensuring they receive just punishment..…. The third point concerns prevention through education and the selection of candidates to the priesthood; vigilance so that as far as humanly possible future cases are avoided.”   (Continuing answer to Press about child abuses – Thurs 16th)

Further Concern about Child Abuses

“I think of the immense suffering caused by the abuse of children, especially within the Church and by her ministers. Above all, I express my deep sorrow to the innocent victims of these unspeakable crimes, along with my hope that the power of Christ’s grace, His sacrifice of reconciliation, will bring deep healing and peace to their lives. I also acknowledge, with you, the shame and humiliation which all of us have suffered because of these sins

(Westminster Cathedral Mass – Sat 18th)

Sorrow over Child Abuse

“He was moved by what they had to say and expressed his deep sorrow and shame over what victims and their families had suffered. He prayed with them and assured them that the Catholic Church is continuing to implement effective measures designed to safeguard young people, and that it is doing all in its power to investigate allegations, to collaborate with civil authorities and to bring to justice clergy and religious accused of these egregious crimes.  (Press release after meeting with abuse victims  Sat 18th)

Further comment on Child Abuse

“The Church has a long tradition of caring for children from their earliest years through to adulthood…. It is deplorable that, in such marked contrast to the Church’s long tradition of care for them, children have suffered abuse and mistreatment at the hands of some priests and religious. We have all become much more aware of the need to safeguard children, and you are an important part of the Church’s broad-ranging response to the problem.”  (Comments to those working in child protection – Sat 18th)

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