Sept 20, 2010 Pope on Sex Abuse in UK. As Pope Benedict XVI wraps up his visit in Britain the statements he made about the Catholic church’s top priority did not appease the victims of sexual abuse by priests.
The first meeting he held was with the Queen, not the victims of priests sexual abuse and victims support groups who are asking the pope to open the secret sex files in the Vatican to reveal what the pope knew and when.
On this rare visit to England the Pope met with Queen Elizabeth and the niceties of meeting with heads of state and lavish dinners, it did not appear that Benedict was moved himself by the crimes committed.
During his four days in England his comments were not strong enough nor did he explain why for decades the church has not acted to prevent the sexual abuse of the children of Catholic parents. The pope did not explain why the Catholic Church kept moving priests to other parishes instead of bringing them to justice and paying for the damages.
You would think that the Pope by now would have asked forgiveness from his flock however he was concentrating more on the history of a Pope visiting Britain which had never taken place in the past.
The turn out was dismal with only 65,000 attendees at his Mass at Ballahouston Park when 100,000 church goers were expected. The visit cost taxpayers 18.7 million dollars just on his security detail for the four days in the midst of a sluggish economy with many who have no jobs. Most who attended probably came to hear Susan Boyle sing rather than see the pope.
Britain is not the only country that condemns the Pope’s views on allowing women to become priests, homosexuality and abortion and the church has fallen behind in the reformation required in these modern times. To reporters Benedict said that the Church itself was to blame for the continuation of sexual abuse of children although he said he was shocked by it, he was one who took part in the cover ups of priests including those in Germany.
In his message the “sadness” caused by the allegations of priests sexually abusing catholic children, did not wash well with victims who’s lives were destroyed at a young age.
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