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Pope admits ‘grave errors’ in Chile abuse case

Pope Francis, right, walks with Chile's Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati to a session of the synod, a two-week meeting of cardinals and bishops from around the world, at the Vatican, on Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has admitted he made "grave errors" in judgment in Chile's sex abuse scandal and invited the abuse victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness.

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  • Yeah, apologizing to the victims will make everything all right.

    At least he admitted “grave errors”. That’s fairly remarkable for a religious institution, especially the RCC.

    All these abuse cases–stretching back decades–contain a multitude of lies. Specifically, it’s extremely unlikely that the colleagues of the abusing priests were not aware of what was going in.

  • If I recall past situations where he has held such audiences, he not only touches and speaks to each soul individually, but he also prostrates himself on the floor before them begging their forgiveness. That is no small act of contrition.

  • Oh, yeah, I’m sure all their psychological problems vanish when he does that.

    From what I’ve read and heard, sexual abuse by clergy has terrible, long-lasting effects on the victims.

  • This mess will linger on for decades. I’m sure if there were a god, she could smell the decay and stink coming from the Vatican.

    “…sentenced in 2011 to a lifetime of penance and prayer. ”

    Tough penalties, huh? Put them in prison where they belong and see what it is like to be abused.

  • Thank goodness Archbishop Scicluna was sent as he has the experience and the fortitude to get to the bottom of this regardless. Maybe this is another wake up call to the pope to never assume the word of the clergy over those who are saying they have been abused. This had been going on for far too long, and a debt of gratitude goes out to the faithful in Chile and the victims for not backing down. Now the RCC can look to Eastern Europe and Africa for the next wave of abuses and they better listen and act regardless.

  • Yes, and at the time we all thought we were turning the corner on the behaviors of the RCC. His remarks while he was in Chile to victim/survivors have made him look like a hypocrite. So frankly, we have made no headway and victims/survivors still face an uphill battle.

  • ” grave errors”
    What a joke !
    Compared to the human blood shed by the RCC over the millennia – this is a joke !
    It’s called CYA – hoping to prevent the proliferation of the ” nones ” who pose the greatest threat to the RCC.
    The greatest ” grave error ” was when Constitine institutionalized a phony non-existent prophet, who was the son of a phony non existent god.

  • If Francis were serious, he would put Father Tom Doyle and Marie Collins in charge of the Vatican response to the abuse scandal, with full and overriding powers to clean up the mess. Short of that, he and his cronies are just more hypocrites in a long line of hypocrites.

  • It is important that Francis has admitted to making errors that harmed people and that damaged the reputation of the Church. This opens the door to recognizing that so did JPII and BXVI, so do and so did bishops, cardinals, priests.

    Now, if we could just recognize that the ability to make “grave errors” has always existed, maybe we could get on with reforming the patriarchal, misogynistic, monarchical, hierarchical, clerical institution that seems stuck in a worldly culture that has long since vanished.

    What we need to do is not look for the next perfect pope, but recognize that all of them are products of their own upbringing, culture, and very human limitations even if they are usually incredibly intelligent and seekers of what is good and right and of God.

  • No, they won’t, but as a Latin American from a predominantly Roman Catholic nation, I know that his effort to beg their forgiveness will do much to begin the healing with their church.

    Something that you as a skeptical Statesonian wouldn’t begin to comprehend.

  • Instead of issuing orders that could prevent clerical sex abuse worldwide in the future, the pope will meet with his bishops to “re-establish confidence in the [Chilean] church.”
    After five years, this pope has willfully done nothing to alleviate the pain and suffering of victims.

  • YES!!!! I have some familiarity with Doyle, but I am pretty sure most readers here will not, so you ought to say a bit more about him and post a link to his web site or blog.

  • You’re absolutely correct. Among other things, “talk is cheap”.

    Also see the comment above by Alwayspuzzled, re (I think Rev.) Thomas Doyle, and check out Doyle..

  • According to a few hyper fundamentalists posting on this very pages…

    He will.

    “You’ll know we are Christians by our love.” Tra Lala Lala