artpopeapologyap.jpgPope Benedict XVI on Saturday offered his strongest public statement yet on sex abuse against minors by Roman Catholic priests, apologizing to victims and calling the abuse “evil.” The apology came during a mass in Sydney, Australia, and expands on comments the pope made during an April visit to the United States, during which he publicly acknowledged the pain the church’s sex abuse scandal has caused and met privately with abuse victims.

“Indeed, I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering the victims have endured and I assure them as their pastor that I too share in their suffering,” he said Saturday at Sydney’s St. Mary’s Cathedral.

The comments came on the pope’s third day of public appearances in Australia, where he is attending World Youth Day. Dubbed “the Catholic Woodstock,” the event is believed to be the largest Christian gathering in the world and this year is believed to have attracted more than 150,000 people from 70 countries. The pope said he wanted to “acknowledge the shame which we have all felt” over reports of sex abuse by clergy and said those responsible for the “evils” should be brought to justice. He asked those attending the mass to help their bishops to end the abuse. (Continue Reading…)

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  • Jake Clayton

    The media only covers anything about the Pope and his visits when he makes an apology for clergy sex abuse. Why doesn’t the media want to cover any of the other positive things going on with World Youth Day?

  • qazi

    DO YOU KNOW
    WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY/SODOMY

    Exodus 22:19

    19Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death.

    Leviticus 18:22

    22Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

    Leviticus 18:23

    23Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

    Leviticus 20:13

    13If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

    Leviticus 20:15

    15And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

    Leviticus 20:16

    16And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

  • wackoae

    Translation:
    – We are sorry you found out about our secret.
    – We are sorry we can no longer hide our sex slaves.
    – We are sorry we didn’t spent more time having sex before you found out.

    ABOVE ALL: We are sorry we have to pay billions in lawsuits.

    Signed: Your friendly Nazi Pope.

  • wackoae

    qazi:

    The fact that you find the word homosexual in your “bible studies”, is proof that you are 100% unsure of your own sexuality. Stop misquoting the bible to try to control your own homosexual urges.

    Just get out of the closet and stop spreading hate.

    – A real decent human who refuses to hate people just because of their color of skin, believes or personal choices.