The Holy Father Speaks on the Sex Scandal in the U.S.
While enroute to the US, the Holy Father spoke Pope Benedict XVI took the opportunity to respond to the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Here is what he had to say via CNA:
“It is a great suffering for the Church in the United States and for the Church in general and for me personally that this could happen,” Benedict said. “It is difficult for me to understand how it was possible that priests betray in this way their mission … to these children.”
“I am deeply ashamed and we will do what is possible so this cannot happen again in the future,” the pope said.
Benedict XVI also said he was determined to prevent pedophiles from becoming priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
“We will absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry,” Benedict said in English. “It is more important to have good priests than many priests. We will do everything possible to heal this wound.”
Pedophilia is “absolutely incompatible” with the priesthood,” Benedict said.The Catholic Church in the United States has been hit particularly hard on the East Coast by the sex abuse scandals, and the Pope’s visit could serve as a key step in the healing process for the Church.
The Holy Father also spoke about how he sees this, his first visit as Pope to the U.S. He described his visit as a voyage to meet a “great people and a great Church.”