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Pope says “we showed no care for the little ones, in sex abuse scandal

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The Bible says, and they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Mark 10:13-15. Jesus loved little ones and the home, school, and church should always protect little ones especially when they give them their ultimate trust.

The Catholic Church has been involved in a scandal with pervert priest for many years and recently the church was blasted with another huge scandal. A grand jury report in Pennsylvania last week reported that at least 1,000 children were victims of some 300 priests over the past 70 years, and that generations of bishops failed repeatedly to take measures to protect their flock or punish the rapists.

“With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives,” Francis wrote.

“We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”

The Pope finally had to respond to pressure to address the abuse before a scheduled trip to Ireland. Last week the response from the Vatican was “no comment.” The Vatican and local Bishops have done their best to cover-up the abuse of the little ones. His response was to send a letter condemning the crime of priestly abuse and the cover-up of the abuse.

It is clear that the Vatican does not care about little ones or the abuse of them or this would not have continued for so long. The letter provided little solace to Irish survivors of abuse. “That culture was overseen by #Vatican & codified into its laws,” tweeted Colm O’Gorman, a prominent Irish survivor who is organizing a solidarity demonstration of survivors in Dublin during Francis’ visit. “He needs to name & own that.”

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