Pope Francis expresses his sorrow for the sins and crimes of sexual abuse by clergy

Friday, July 11, 2014

During a homily on July 7, 2014, in the Chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican residence where he stays, Pope Francis  expressed his sorrow for the “sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse”. As reported by Vatican Radio, the Holy Father, speaking in his native Spanish, begged forgiveness, not just for those who he said behaved like “a sacrilegious cult”, betraying their mission and profaning the very image of God, but also for the sins of omission of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of sexual abuse. The Pope praised the courage of those who spoke up and “shed light on a terrible darkness in the life of the Church”. He said he would not tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual and he said Bishops must “foster the protection of minors and they will be held accountable”.

Link to the news report by Vatican Radio

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-meets-sex-abuse-survivors-in-profound-spiritu

Link to the text of the homily by Pope Francis

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20140707_omelia-vittime-abusi.html