- Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness over the sexual abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church
- The pontiff asked for forgiveness for the time that passed without showing compassion to the survivors
- He also asked for forgiveness from the families of child sex abuse victims who had killed themselves as a result of their trauma
Pope Francis on Sunday, August 26, in Dublin, renewed his plea for forgiveness for all kinds of abuse of power practiced by members of the church and all its institutions.
In a speech during mass before 500,000 people in Dublin on Sunday, the pontiff spoke of meeting eight survivors of sexual abuse on Saturday, August 25, NAN reports.
“We ask forgiveness for the time that passed without showing compassion to the survivors” he added. We ask for forgiveness for the persons in charge within the church hierarchy who did not take charges against this kind of abuse," he said.
The pope had earlier said that clergy sex abuse scandals were an “open wound” that must be treated with “firm and decisive” action.
He said this at the Marian Shrine of Knock on Sunday, his second day in Ireland.
“This open wound challenges us to be firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice,” Francis said in an Angelus message at the Marian Shrine of Knock, drawing applause from the crowd.
Pope Francis had on August 15 asked for forgiveness from the families of child sex abuse victims who had killed themselves as a result of their trauma. He equally commended one survivor for telling his story.
In comments published in German tabloid, Bild, the pope described Daniel Pittet’s memoir “Father, I Forgive You’’ as a testament to “how deeply embedded evil can be in the heart of a servant of the church.’’
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that thirty-four Chilean bishops offered their resignation to Pope Francis over allegations that they covered up clergy sex abuse scandals.
In a statement read out in a press conference, the bishops said all placed their mandates in the hands of the Holy Father, so that he would decide freely over each of them.
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