EDITORIAL : Word is Pope Benedict XVI met privately with a group of clerical sex abuse victims, expressing “shame and sorrow.” This came not from reporters but the Vatican, which kept things quiet ’til well after it ended.
“He prayed with them and assured them that the church is doing, and will continue to do, all in its power to nvestigate allegations, to bring to justice those responsible for abuse and to implement effective measures designed to safeguard young people in the future,” it said.
The Vatican didn’t say.
With tears in his eyes, the Pope told the eight Maltese men who said they were molested in an orphanage that he was “deeply moved by their stories and expressed his shame and sorrow over what victims and their families have suffered,” the Vatican said.
Benedict met the victims for 20 minutes Sunday in the chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature in Malta, with two local bishops and several members of the papal entourage along, a Vatican spokesman said. He called the mood “very intense but very serene.”
What specific action is foretold by the Holy Father’s words, as reported by his media machine, is anyone’s guess. We can only wait and see.Jerry DeMarco Publisher/Editor
But wait. We can also see him speaking openly with reporters and others, pushing what has become a new agenda that only further dilutes more pressing concerns — concerns that are shared by decent, huge-hearted, devout Catholics, more than a billion strong, all of whose foundations of true religious faith will not be undermined by a collapsing Old Boy Network that has resorted to coverups and diversions.
Benedict went to Malta — and island midway between Sicily and North Africa — to mark the 1,950th anniversary of the shipwreck of St. Paul there and to underscore the Christian roots of Europe and the challenge of illegal immigration.
But his itinerary and that of the world at large are far different at the moment — and with good reason, wouldn‘t you say? (See: Pope should be arrested )
I may be reading too much into it, but I shuddered when I caught one quote that seems to suggest that Papa could be laying the groundwork for the traditional rapist‘s legal defense — turning the accused into a victim.
“Gospel values are once again becoming countercultural,” the pope declared, “just as they were at the time of St. Paul.”
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