Pope Benedict Asks Forgiveness, Denies Wrongdoing in Abuse Case

Pope Benedict Asks Forgiveness, Denies Wrongdoing in Abuse Case

(UnitedVoice.com) – In January, a report accused retired Pope Benedict XVI of mishandling multiple sexual assault cases while he was an an archbishop in Germany in the 1970s and ‘80s. He recently asked for forgiveness but denied wrongdoing again. Victims of abuse in the church didn’t take his remarks well.

On Tuesday, February 8, Benedict responded to the allegations that were in the report commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church in Munich. He said it pained him that abuse took place during his time in leadership within the institution. “Each individual case of sexual abuse is appalling and irreparable,” he said, going on to ask for forgiveness.

In his letter, the retired pope stopped short of taking any responsibility for the abuse in the church. He was also clearly upset that the law firm issuing the report said he wasn’t completely honest, calling it “deeply hurtful” that he was labeled a liar.

Michael McDonnell, Communications Manager of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, told the New York Times that Pope Benedict has been repeating apologetic terms for decades. He pointed out that “true apologies are followed by true amends” and said the Catholic Church “doesn’t seem able to grasp” this concept.

Do you think Pope Benedict should face consequences for the abuse in the church while he was at the helm?

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