Pope Has Strong Words for Pedophile Priests

The Vicar of Christ forcefully addresses the abominable sin of pederasty.
by Lucrecia Rego de Planas | Source: Catholic.net

Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral letter dealing with the delicate subject of the sexual abuses committed by some priests was sent to the Catholics of Ireland. 

It is a letter that is both beautiful and very stern, in which the Pope shows himself to be a true father concerned for his family and very firm in regard to the faults and failings of his children. The following text from his letter directly addresses those responsible for the sexual abuses:

“You have betrayed the trust given you by innocent young people and their parents, and you must answer for it before Almighty God and before properly constituted tribunals.


You have forfeited the esteem of the people and brought shame and dishonor upon your confreres. 

Those of you who are priests violated the sanctity of the sacrament of Holy Orders in which Christ makes himself present in us and in our actions.
Together with the immense harm done to victims, great damage has been done to the Church and to the public perception of the priesthood and religious life.

I urge you to examine your conscience, take responsibility for the sins you have committed, and humbly express your sorrow. Sincere repentance opens the door to God’s forgiveness and the grace of true amendment.

By offering prayers and penances for those you have wronged, you should seek to atone personally for your actions. Christ’s redeeming sacrifice has the power to forgive even the gravest of sins, and to bring forth good from even the most terrible evil. 

At the same time, God’s justice summons us to give an account of our actions and to conceal nothing. Openly acknowledge your guilt, submit yourselves to the demands of justice, but do not despair of God’s mercy.” 

I invite you to read the letter in its entirety, because the Holy Father not only reprimands those responsible for these sinful and criminal acts, but also offers words of closeness and solidarity to the victims and their families. And most importantly, he points the way to the cure, renewal and reparation of the Church by means of prayer, sacrifice and fasting, penance, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Eucharistic adoration, apostolic visits to dioceses, seminaries and congregations, and a mission to priests and bishops.

The complete letter can be read at the
Vatican website.



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Published by: Jan Fredericks
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
We should not support any kind of abuse especially this Easter Season.

Published by: Jan Fredericks
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
We should not support any kind of abuse especially this Easter Season.

Published by: Jan Fredericks
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
We should not support any kind of abuse especially this Easter Season.

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