Benedict XVI apologizes to victims of sexual abuse





Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has asked this Tuesday forgiveness to victims of sexual abuse and has expressed his sorrow for the “mistakes” that occurred during their mandates in the different positions he has held.

In a letter published after the release of a report on sexual abuse in Germany, in which it is stated that the pope was aware of at least four cases of sexual abuse when he was Archbishop of Munich, Benedict XVI has assured that it is necessary “the moment of confession” by the clergy.

“Once again I can only express to all victims of sexual abuse my deep shame, my great pain and my sincere request for forgiveness. I have had a great responsibility in the Catholic Church,” she stressed.

“I have looked into the eyes of the consequences of a very great guilt”

Joseph Ratzinger, 94 years old, assured in the letter that “my pain is all the greater for the abuses and errors that have occurred during the time of my mandate“.

“In all my encounters, especially during my many apostolic trips with victims of sexual abuse by priestsI have looked into the eyes of the consequences of a very great guilt and I have learned to understand that we see ourselves dragged into this great guilt when we neglect it or do not face it with the necessary determination and responsibility”, he added.

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In the letter, Benedict XVI also denies any accusation and knowledge of the facts that are narrated in the report released in Germany and has defended the “giant” work in drafting the response document to the investigation that he delivered to the investigators.

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According to the investigation, a meeting in 1980 discussed the transfer of Peter H., a spriest accused of child abusewho later committed abuses again in the Archdiocese of Munich, which caused him to be transferred again.

Benedict XVI said at first that he had not participated in that meeting, but later retracted it and explained that it had been a mistake.

He appreciates the “support” and “trust” of Pope Francis

The pope emeritus has assured that he has been moved by “the numerous expressions of confidence, the warm testimony and the moving letters of encouragement” that he has received after the controversy.

Benedict XVI has also shown “especially grateful” for the “confidence, support and prayers that the Pope Francis has expressed to me personally“.

In the letter, Ratzinger stated: “Soon I will face the final judge of my life.” “Though he may have many reasons for fear and fear when looking back in my long life, I am glad, however, because I firmly believe that the Lord is not only the just judge, but also the friend and the brother who has already suffered my shortcomings himself and is therefore, as judge, also my lawyer,” he added.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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