Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pope asks Irish bishops for child abuse truth

POPE ASKS IRISH BISHOPS FOR CHILD ABUSE TRUTH
Italy News Religion
(ANSA) - Vatican City, June 11 - Pope Benedict XVI has
asked Irish bishops to make every effort to ``establish the
truth`` and ensure ``justice for everyone`` over accusations
of child abuse involving Irish priests, the Irish Bishops`
Conference (IBC) said Thursday.
In a statement following its general assembly, the IBC
said the pope had made his remarks during a meeting with IBC
President Cardinal Sean Brady on June 5.
Two weeks earlier, Ireland`s Child Abuse Commission had
published a report into numerous physical, sexual and
psychological abuses suffered by children in Church-run
institutions between the 1930s and `80s.
``The Holy Father once again urged the bishops and all
in the Church to continue to establish the truth of what
happened and why; to ensure that justice is done for all; to
see that measures put in place to prevent abuse from
happening again are fully applied, and, to help to bring
healing to the survivors of abuse,`` the IBC said.
In the statement, the bishops said the Child Abuse
Commission`s report had left them ``ashamed, humbled and
repentant`` that Irish clerics had been responsible for the
abuses.
``Heinous crimes were perpetrated against the most
innocent and vulnerable, and vile acts with life-lasting
effects were carried out under the guise of the mission of
Jesus Christ,`` they said.

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