The Pope has apologised to victims of sex abuse in Ireland. He acknowledges ‘serious mistakes’ were made in how allegations were handled. Thousands are commenting on the apology, and many are asking if it went far enough. Some feel that the ‘cover-up’ aspect hasn’t been fully owned up to.
Jim Gerwing asks: ‘Who made the errors? What did they actually do? A true apology admits fully and precisely who did what to whom, and then makes concrete plans to restore justice’.
But people have also come to the Pope’s defence. Ttony says ‘Knock the Irish Hierarchy as much as you like, but don’t blame this Pope for everything.’ Borisz in Hungary says ‘Being a religious leader, the pope could not do more than he expressed in his statement.’
It’s not the first time the Pope’s apologised for abuse or been criticised for it. Writing in Toronto Mark Bonokoski says last year’s apology to aboriginal Canadians for past abuse suffered in Catholic schools, years after other Christian denominations said sorry, came too late.
Last week we asked if the Pope should resign. Does his apology change your views? Mary Raftery, who exposed systemic abuse in the Irish church over 10 years ago said “it’s going to be impossible for people to establish the same relationship of trust with the Catholic Church. I think it has vanished.”
Does the Pope’s apology go far enough? Have you lost trust in the Church? Has it lost its moral authority as a result of the way sex abuse scandals have been handled?