Pope Benedict XVI has rebuked Irish bishops for "grave errors of judgment" in handling clerical sex abuse and has ordered the Vatican to investigate several dioceses, but made no mention of any the Catholic Church's responsibility in the scandal.
REUTERS - Pope Benedict apologised on Saturday to victims of child sex abuse by clergy in Ireland and ordered an official inquiry there to try to stem a scandal gripping the Catholic Church which has swept across Europe.
The pope’s moves over abuse at Irish dioceses and seminaries were the most concrete steps taken since a wave of cases hit Ireland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands but were met with deep disappointment by the victims in Ireland.
In a letter addressed to the people, bishops, priests and victims of child sex abuse in the overwhelmingly Catholic country, the pope did not make specific reference to Churches in other countries, particularly the pope’s native Germany.
In a speech after mass on Saturday in Armagh, Northern Ireland, Brady did not refer to resigning. “I welcome this letter,” Brady said.
Date created : 2010-03-20