Pope Francis Asks for Forgiveness for Priest Sexual Abuse of Children

Pope Francis Asks for Forgiveness for Priest Sexual Abuse of Children April 11, 2014

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness this morning for the sexual abuse of children by some of our priests.

In a touching comment, the Holy Father said that he felt “called to personally take on the evil which some priests … have done.”

Although this is not as widely reported, Pope Francis also said that every child has a right to grow up in a family with “a mother and a father,” and called for protections for the right of parents “to decide the moral religious education of their children,” and for an end to “educational experimentation with children and young people,” pushing “a dictatorship of one form of thinking” on them “in the name of a pretended “modernity.”

From Vatican Radio:

(Vatican Radio) “I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests, quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests, to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children.

The Church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and the sanctions that must be imposed. On the contrary, we have to be even stronger. Because you cannot interfere with children”.This was Pope Francis’ clear message to members of BICE [International Catholic Child Bureau] whom he received Friday in audience at the Vatican. Emer McCarthy reports Listen: RealAudioMP3 

BICE is a Catholic NGO that works to protect the rights and dignity of the child worldwide. Speaking to them, Pope Francis also spoke about the need to reaffirm the rights of parents to decide “the moral and religious education of their children” and reject all forms of “educational experimentation with children and young people”.

He said that it is every child’s right to grow up in a family “with a father and a mother” capable of creating “a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity”. The Pope also called for an end to what he termed as “educational experiments” with children and young people, pushing a “dictatorship of one form of thinking” on them in the name of a pretended “modernity”.

The Pope noted that the “horrors of the manipulation of education that we experienced in the great genocidal dictatorships of the twentieth century have not disappeared; they have retained a current relevance under various guises and proposals”.

To counter this he urged the BICE members to foster a true anthropological formation of the child respectful of the reality of the person, to enable children and young people to respond to the problems and challenges posed by contemporary culture and widespread mentality propagated by the mass media.

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8 responses to “Pope Francis Asks for Forgiveness for Priest Sexual Abuse of Children”

  1. Amen! Thank you Papa Francis. Let us pray that bishops too, will be held accountable if proven to have covered up or continue to cover up for priests who have robbed children of their dignity and innocence.

    His words are simple, direct and strong. I know he will follow through on them.
    Let’s keep praying that he be preserved and protected and cooperated with.

  2. What a blessing Pope Francis is – praying that his words will bring hope and healing for those who have suffered from sexual abuse by a priest. May the Lord shower them with his mercy and healing love!

  3. Am so glad that the Pope has publicly apologized for what was done by the criminal priests. Let us hope it will help those that were the victims of those priests.

  4. If priests had listen to many mothers who complained about children being abused, we could have stopped most of the situation.

  5. In some cases, the parents didn’t believe the children either. Had a Catholic friend who said her parents always thought the priests/nuns could do no wrong. She was never mistreated, fortunately, but even if she was in trouble at school, the parents took the nun or priests side. She is only a few years younger than I am—-in the days when the many folks were misguided enough to think that the priests were virtually perfect! That in itself is/was very sad.