Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the rape and sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy. However, no such forgiveness is possible until pedophile priests face criminal prosecution.
Speaking to members of the International Catholic Child Bureau, a non-profit international Catholic network of organizations engaged in the promotion and protection of children’s rights, Pope Francis said:
I feel that I must take responsibility for all the harm that some priests—quite a number, but not in proportion to the total. I must take responsibility and ask forgiveness for the damage they have caused through sexual abuse of children.
The Church is aware of this damage. It is their own personal and moral damage, but they are men of the Church. And we will not take one step backwards in dealing with this problem and the sanctions that must be imposed. On the contrary, I believe that we must be even stronger. You do not interfere with children.
Yet despite the promise to impose “sanctions,” the Vatican continues to protect and enable pedophile priests engaged in the sexual abuse of children, according to a scathing report recently issued by the United Nations.
If Pope Francis was sincere he would immediately release all records pertaining to the rape and sexual abuse of children by clergy, and immediately turn over for criminal prosecution all those priests suspected of abusing children, and the bishops who protected them.
Talk is cheap Francis: put your money where your mouth is and prosecute the pedophiles.