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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for Catholic Church sex abuse

Pope Francis apologized for Church sex abuse.
Pope Francis apologized for Church sex abuse.
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Pope Francis addressed members of BICE, (the International Catholic Child Bureau), on Friday and asked forgiveness for the “evil” (sexual abuse of children) committed by many priests as reported via Vatican News.

I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests, quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests, to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children.

BICE is a Catholic-based non-governmental organization, NGO, with the “mission to defend the rights and dignity of the child worldwide.” Pope Francis addressed BICE members that attended the Holy Father’s general audience on Friday at the Vatican. According to Vatican Radio the Pontiff plans to move forward in the Catholic Church’s handling of the sex abuse scandal and those that committed the offenses.

The Church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and the sanctions that must be imposed. On the contrary, we have to be even stronger, because you cannot interfere with children.

Although Pope Francis didn’t use the words “same sex marriage,” he focused the latter part of his BICE speech to the importance of traditional parenting, which in his words fosters a child’s growth and also stressed the relevance of protecting children from “contemporary culture.”

We must reaffirm the right of children to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity.

Pope Francis then urged those present to continue to train to learn the best possible ways to form the child as a whole so young people have the ability to face the challenges of the world and to refuse the propaganda of “mass media.” The Holy Father made it abundantly clear that he “rejects any type of experimental education with children and supports the rights of parents to decide the moral and religious education of the child.”

The Pontiff ended his address and complimented the BICE organization with a “Buon Lavoro,” which in English translates to “good job.”

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