Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pope Benedict begs forgiveness for priest abuse

In a Friday homily, Pope Benedict begged forgiveness from victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests and promised the Church would “do everything possible” to ensure it never happened again.
Benedict made the vow during a homily on Friday in St Peter’s Square, the Vatican, to end the Roman Catholic Church’s “Year of the Priest” celebrations, Al Jazeera reports.
In his homily, Benedict lamented that during what should have been a year of joy for the priesthood the “sins of priests came to light - particularly the abuse of the little ones”.
“We… insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved, while promising to do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again,” he said.

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