By: Savannah Smith | 08-20-2018 | News
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Catholics Doubt Sincerity of Pope Francis’ Apologies Over Pennsylvania Report

Pope Francis has spoken anew about the sex scandals that have been rocking the Catholic Church, namely the unresolved cases of sexual abuse of minors by his clergy. The Catholic leader has acknowledged “with shame and repentance” the church’s failure to resolve the cases. He also wrote his painful admission that “we showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pope Francis on sex abuse: &quot;We showed no care for the little ones&quot; <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; CBS News (@CBSNews) <a href="">August 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Pope’s letter released by the Vatican on Monday was very frank and straightforward. Francis stated: “I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.”

Then comes the admission: “Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.”

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The Pope’s letter comes in the wake of a Pennsylvania grand jury report that narrated decades of sexual abuses by priests and cover-ups by bishops.

The Pope’s letter was addressed to Catholics worldwide. It directly referred to the controversial and shocking Pennsylvania report which “detailed the experiences of at least 1,000 survivors, victims of sexual abuse, the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests over a period of approximately 70 years.”

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The report cites documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania. They reveal that more than 300 “predator priests” have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims.

The grand jurors also noted that priests and other Catholic leaders mercilessly targeted boys, girls, and teens. Some of the more sordid details include the revelation that some victims were plied with alcohol and groped or molested. Others were horrifically orally, vaginally or anally raped.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">May the Holy Spirit grant us the grace of conversion and the interior anointing needed to express before crimes of abuse our compunction and our resolve courageously to combat them. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Pope Francis (@Pontifex) <a href="">August 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Pope Francis’s letter also acknowledged that the scars of the abuses will not disappear with time. He wrote: “Even though it can be said that most of these cases belong to the past, nonetheless as time goes on we have come to know the pain of many of the victims. We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death; these wounds never go away.”

Francis also recognized the deep pain of the victims as he stated in his letter:

“The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced. But their outcry was more powerful than all the measures meant to silence it, or sought even to resolve it by decisions that increased its gravity by falling into complicity.”

The Pope, who has been subjected to extreme pressure to comment on the report, said the church was working on a “zero tolerance” policy on abuse and coverups. He wrote: “If, in the past, the response was one of omission, today we want solidarity, in the deepest and most challenging sense, to become our way of forging present and future history.”

It remains to be seen, however, if the Pope’s words will translate to action to finally bring justice to the victims. The only clear thing is, even the Catholic Church hierarchy knows Catholics all over the world are getting impatient with the church’s inaction on the allegations and scandals, complete faith may be lost in the church if no concrete actions and sincere repentance are carried out by the institution.

Many expressed their continuing doubts on the sincerity of the Pope and the Church to do something despite the letter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dear Pope Francis,<br><br>When it&#39;s revealed that priests molested most of a state, we r gonna need more than a &quot;sorry bout that shit&quot; letter. Just sayin. Up ur game.<br><br>Sincerely,<br>Any Catholic even still half ass participating.</p>&mdash; Kathleen Madigan (@kathleenmadigan) <a href="">August 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pope Francis must oust the entire leadership of the church in America, and elsewhere — bishops, cardinals, all of them.<br><br>But I’m afraid, instead, even with him, the Vatican will recklessly scapegoat gay priests, as it did under Benedict.<br><br>Don’t let this happen.</p>&mdash; Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) <a href="">August 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">He&#39;s lying <a href="">@CatholicNewsSvc</a> ~ The Pope <a href="">@Pontifex</a> is a huge part of the child trafficking. Think ~ open borders! The Pope is guilty as sin!<a href="">@realDonaldTrump</a> <a href="">@FLOTUS</a> <a href="">@IvankaTrump</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Deplorable Cathy A ❌shadowbanned❌ (@Dollfinish) <a href="">August 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Don’t forget that <a href="">@Pontifex</a> reinstated a priest Fr Mauro Inzoli who had been defrocked by Benedict XVI for sexual abuse of minors. So, no, the Pope isn’t on the side of victims, no matter how many PR offensives he goes on.</p>&mdash; Catholic Deplorable (@RigidPelagian) <a href="">August 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Screw forgiveness. Redress and access to records. The Catholic Church perpetuates crime through forgiving all at the confessional.</p>&mdash; Cassandra (@dubarry_mme) <a href="">August 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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SLYDOG No. 34591 2018-08-20 : 19:16

I'm sorry but,from what I've seen and heard for the last few years,the Catholic church is not what I thought it was.I don't believe anything they or the Pope say about this due to too many infractions over the years.This one was arrested recently and one of the arresting officers was put in the hospital.Check it out.

Anonymous No. 34602 2018-08-21 : 00:05

Give the Pope a chance!

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