The Pope says ‘sorry’

Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his “deep sorrow” for the “unspeakable crimes” of child abuse within the Catholic Church.

What the Pope fails to understand is that most people do not want his apologies for the abuse. The best way of showing the sincerity of his “deep sorrow” would be for the Vatican to hand all of the files about each case of child abuse to the police in the dioceses where the offences have taken place. Nothing less than this will suffice: Not bringing those priests to justice means that his apology is hollow and serves as a thinly disguised device to let the Church of Rome off the hook.


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