Pope Apologises for Sexual Abuse Comments That 'Wounded Many'

Pope Apologises for Sexual Abuse Comments That 'Wounded Many'

Pope Francis offered a partial apology to sexual abuse victims yesterday after he caused outrage by appearing to support a Chilean bishop accused of protecting an alleged paedophile priest.

Flying home from the most contested trip of his papacy, Francis said Barros would remain bishop of Osorno, Chile as long as there's no evidence implicating him in the cover-up.

"I can't condemn him because I don't have evidence and because I am convinced he is innocent", the pope said.

But now as Pope Francis enters his fifth year at the Vatican, there are nagging doubts.

Ecclesiastical culture emphasizes fraternity, harmony, and the appearance of getting along, and the American bishops have seemed to stress those values during the Francis pontificate.

The biggest abuse offender was Rev. Fernando Karadima, who in 2011 was sanctioned to a lifetime of "penance and prayer" for sexually molesting minors. "By blaming the victims for not giving evidence, the Pope either is being deceptive or revealing his ignorance of this crucial case". The police officer was thrown from her horse when the Popemobile passed it. "All the conditions were clear", he said.

"I have to apologise", the Pope told reporters aboard the plane, saying he realised he had "wounded many people who were abused". Or it may have pave the way for other kinds of statements. And that is what I wanted to say.

From as early as 2002, his victims told church authorities how he kissed and fondled them in the Santiago parish he ran - but officials refused to believe them.

The Argentine-born pope had hoped this trip might help restore faith and unity in the western world's oldest but increasingly discredited institution.

Man shot in Sydney 'after stabbing police officer'
A critical incident team from the Homicide Squad are investigating the incident, including the firearm that was discharged. The attacker was shot dead by officers on the scene with witnesses saying they heard four or five shots.

"I have to present my apologies because the word 'proof' has hurt so many victims of abuse", Francis said at a press conference on the flight back to Rome".

Last week, the Pope accused the victims of sexual abuse of slander, saying that their attacks against Bishop Juan Barros have no justification, since the Pope considers there is no evidence against Barros.

"The day I see proof against Bishop Barros, then I will talk". There is not a single piece of proof against him.

Pope Francis says he is sorry and that he didn't mean to offend victims of sexual abuse.

Various countries, including Peru, are also reeling from revelations of corruption, especially multimillion-dollar bribes and kickbacks from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Although he apologized for asking for "proof", he suggested the testimony of victims against Barros is still not enough.

Most American bishops have had the difficult experience of meeting with victims of clerical sexual abuse, and apologizing for their suffering. A man often called the Pope of surprises, who has encouraged Catholics to "make a mess", the pontiff's spontaneity, new approaches, and willingness to rebuff traditional consultative mechanisms has, more than once, seemed to catch American bishops off-guard.

Marie Collins, who resigned in frustration from Francis' sex abuse advisory commission last year, in part over the Barros affair, said she couldn't bring herself to comment. "You are asked to care for the future, to make it grow and to help it to develop - not just for yourselves, but for your children and for society as a whole".

The issue also had resonance in Peru.

Related:

  • Josh Allen has a message for the Cleveland Browns

    Josh Allen has a message for the Cleveland Browns

    USC's Sam Darnold , left, and UCLA's Josh Rosen after a 28-23 Trojan win at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 18, 2017. The divorce rate is 50 percent. these guys got three months, at a shotgun rate, trying to figure out who their guy is.
    Dow hits record on Intel earnings

    Dow hits record on Intel earnings

    Starbucks dropped 4.23 per cent after it warned 2018 global cafe sales growth would be at the low end of its forecast. Fourth-quarter gross domestic product increased at a 2.6 per cent annual rate, the Commerce Department reported.
    Senate Probe Concludes Opioids from China Enter US By Mail

    Senate Probe Concludes Opioids from China Enter US By Mail

    The investigation was overseen by Senators Ohio Republican Rob Portman and Delaware Democrat and subcommittee chairman Tom Carper. Senate investigators explained that their report entailed a year-long probe into just six websites affiliated with Chinese labs.
  • Vienna talks: Ceasefire agreement reached in eastern Ghouta

    Vienna talks: Ceasefire agreement reached in eastern Ghouta

    He made the remarks on Saturday, after the end of 2 days of UN-brokered talks in Austria between the Syrian government and opposition.
    Bombardier wins battle over punitive tariffs

    Bombardier wins battle over punitive tariffs

    Deliveries were expected to begin in spring 2018, but those plans are in question pending the outcome of the case. Bombardier said in a statement: "Today's decision is a victory for innovation, competition, and the rule of law".
    Wozniacki wins 1st major title at Aussie Open

    Wozniacki wins 1st major title at Aussie Open

    While for Wozniacki , 27, she has also played in two grand slam finals, but lost out both times at the US Open in 2009 and 2014. She fought through an ankle injury and cramping during the final, and smiled afterwards answering media questions.
  • White House Calls For End to ISS Funding in 2025

    White House Calls For End to ISS Funding in 2025

    NASA contributes between $3 billion and $4 billion to the International Space Station every year, according to The Verge . Companies like SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Sierra Nevada Corp are paid billions to fly cargo and supplies there.
    Malloy and Cuomo Say They Will Fight Trump Tax Reform in Court

    Malloy and Cuomo Say They Will Fight Trump Tax Reform in Court

    Murphy called the new tax law a politically-motivated "punishment of blue states". Coincidentally have only a small minority of house members.
    West Coast gets prime view of total lunar eclipse

    West Coast gets prime view of total lunar eclipse

    The good news for us is that we will get to see this eclipse at a relatively convenient time in the morning hours on Wednesday. On 31st January 2018, the full moon day which occurs is going to be the second full moon day of the January month.
  • Pistons drop 7th straight game

    Pistons drop 7th straight game

    Detroit's reserves actually outscored Oklahoma City's 64-25, but the Thunder's starters outscored Detroit's 96-44. Neither team is the same as it was on November 24, when the Pistons won at Oklahoma City 99-98.
    Have formed new STF to tackle gangsters: Punjab DGP

    Have formed new STF to tackle gangsters: Punjab DGP

    Sources have informed that the dead bodies of Vicky Gounder and Prema Lahoria have been kept in Civil Hospital of Abohar. The police recovered three weapons from the gangsters including two point 32-bore pistols.
    Govt claims it sacked Richardson from Rakhine advisory body

    Govt claims it sacked Richardson from Rakhine advisory body

    A State Department spokesman said he could not immediately confirm details of Richardson's contacts. Richardson's statement and personal attack on Suu Kyi and himself are groundless, Surakiart said.

Comments

Latest news

Kremlin denies Russian Federation violates sanctions on North Korea
But the official said that as a major trade partner of North Korea , there is more China can do, including cutting oil supply and other key items.

Lexus Releases Extended Version of Black Panther Super Bowl Ad
In the scene, as noted by wired.com, Black Panther is in pursuit of (or being pursued by) some people in another auto . Tracking showed total awareness of Black Panther at 83%, unaided awareness at 35%, and definite interest at 56%.

Rob Gronkowski, Deatrich Wise return to Patriots practice
Gronkowski's close friend, WWE star Mojo Rawley, also said Gronkowski will return just in time for the Super Bowl. He would not return, and on Wednesday the team officially listed him with a concussion on their injury report .

Li leads by one in Dubai
The low round of the day was a 9-under 63 by Andy Sullivan of England, who moved to fifth on the leaderboard at 16 under. Three more followed in the space of four holes from the turn and he finished with another at the last.

DeMarcus Cousins Tears Achilles Tendon, Out For Season
Trevor Ariza and Paul made back-to-back 3-pointers and Luc Mbah a Moute added a layup that pulled the Rockets even with 2:34 left. And the Pelicans' earned it on Friday, tallying their most meaningful win since the final day of the 2014-15 regular season.

Lawsuit: Rapper Nelly sexually assaulted 2 women in UK
Nelly allegedly pulled up his trousers , walked towards her, and again dropped his trousers and started masturbating. She alleges that he invited her backstage and had a member of his security separate her from her friends.

Falcon Heavy completes static fire test
The Falcon Heavy in early February is based on public statements by Elon Musk and Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's President and COO. The SpaceX CEO has said the auto will remain in "deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent".

Draghi Warns Of Euro Risks, Hits Back At US On Currency Talk
He was speaking after the ECB's 25-member governing council left its benchmark refinancing rate at an historic low of 0%. His remark at the World Economic Forum in Davos that a weak dollar is good for the USA economy has raised eyebrows.

Closing arguments in former Rider Joe McKnight murder trial are underway
Prosecutors told jurors Friday that the evidence shows Gasser angrily pursued McKnight and shot him from inside his own vehicle . Prosecutors told jurors Friday that the evidence shows Gasser angrily pursued McKnight and shot him from inside his own auto .

Antonio Conte makes honest admission about new Chelsea FC signing
Chelsea meanwhile, were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Arsenal in the semi-finals at the Emirates last night. Fabregas trained today and tomorrow I will check his physical condition, but this is good news for us.

Coincheck's Withdrawals Frozen as Wallet Loses Over $723 Million
The other top 19 cryptocurrencies have seen their market totals drop into the red, trading between five and 13 percent lower. Coincheck Inc. said that NEM data was managed in such a way that an external connection could be established online.

Four Tottenham players out for Saturday's FA Cup match vs. Newport
Spurs arrive in excellent form and have just one defeat in 12 games - that 4-1 defeat to Manchester City back in December. The North Londoners made it to this stage of the competition, after beating AFC Wimbledon 3-0 at the Wembley Stadium.

Apple previews the upcoming iOS update, improvements to ARKit, battery, animojis
Apple has form in this area as they already provide several ways to see the condition of your laptop battery within macOS. The update will also add Advanced Mobile Location to automatically send a user's location to emergency services.

Bandh over Mhadei disrupts life in K'taka
Since 2001, Karnataka has been asking Goa to release 7.6 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of the river water. A holiday has been declared to the schools and colleges on January 25th as precautionary measure .

Michigan State athletic director announces retirement
Board member Joel Ferguson apologized this week for saying previously that some victims were ambulance chasers seeking a payday. "Now is a time to say that no more do sexual assaults or sexual abuse have a place on our campus or any campus in our nation".

Other news