Pope Francis meets Irish abuse victims, expresses 'shame'

Pope Francis meets Irish abuse victims, expresses 'shame'Pope Francis on Saturday met with eight Irish abuse victims after expressing “pain and shame” over the “failure” of Catholic Church authorities to deal with the abuses, the Vatican said. “Pope Francis met early Saturday evening for an hour and a half with eight survivors of clerical, religious and institutional abuse,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement. The eight included a victim of Catholic priest Tony Walsh, who abused hundreds of children over a period of nearly two decades before he was finally cast out of the priesthood and imprisoned.


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The last time a pope visited Ireland, homosexuality was a crime. Now the Irish prime minister is gay.

  1. The last time a pope visited Ireland, homosexuality was a crime. Now the Irish prime minister is gay.  Washington Post
  2. In Ireland, Pope Francis Finds a Country Transformed and a Church in Tatters  New York Times
  3. What will the pope have to say now that Ireland’s dirty secrets are out?  The Guardian
  4. Clerical abuse survivors hold ‘powerful’ meeting with Pope  RTE.ie
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Pope says church shamed by 'repugnant' Irish abuse

Pope says church shamed by 'repugnant' Irish abuseFrancis arrived on Saturday for a highly charged visit to a society transformed since more than three-quarters of the population flocked to see Pope John Paul II in 1979 and beset by the kind of abuse scandals that have once more mired the Catholic Church in crisis. “I cannot fail to acknowledge the grave scandal caused in Ireland by the abuse of young people by members of the Church charged with responsibility for their protection and education,” Francis told a state reception attended by some abuse survivors. “The failure of ecclesiastical authorities – bishops, religious superiors, priests and others – adequately to address these repugnant crimes has rightly given rise to outrage and remains a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community.” One of the abuse survivors present, Colm O’Gorman, called the pope’s remarks a staggering effort at deflection that failed to acknowledge the Vatican’s role in covering up the crimes.


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