Sunday, 19 September 2010

The Pope Meets Victims of Child Abuse

In the afternoon of Saturday as many of us expected he met with 5 victims of child abuse by priests and once more expressed his sorrow and renewed his commitment and that of the Church to doing all it could to deal with this problem. Below is the statement issued from  the Holy See Press Office:

"On Saturday 18 September 2010, in the Apostolic Nunciature in London, the Holy Father met a group of persons who had been sexually abused by members of the clergy.

He was moved by what they had to say and expressed his deep sorrow and shame over what victims and their families had suffered. He prayed with them and assured them that the Catholic Church is continuing to implement effective measures designed to safeguard young people, and that it is doing all in its power to investigate allegations, to collaborate with civil authorities and to bring to justice clergy and religious accused of these egregious crimes.

As he has done on other occasions, he prayed that all the victims of abuse might experience healing and reconciliation, and be able to overcome their past and present distress with serenity and hope for the future.
Following this meeting, the Holy Father will address a group of professionals and volunteers dedicated to the safeguarding of children and young people in church environments. "

It now falls to the Catholic Community in England and Wales to help the Pope keep good these promises. In Arundel & Brighton the Safeguarding Office works hard to this end.

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