The other day, David Cunliffe was ashamed to be a man, he was âSorry I am a manâ, because menâŠ are involved in hurting women and children. Â (And other men, but letâs not go there â FOCUS).
This collective responsibility for something is foreign to me, so I thought Iâd explore it further.
If you are Catholic (and a man, actually), read this story, and then answer the poll question after the story. Â An AP story reports:
Pope Francis, in his strongest words ever on the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic clerics, told victims on Monday that the abuse was ”camouflaged with a complicity” and begged forgiveness.
In the homily of a Mass with six victims of abuse, he said the Catholic Church must ”must weep and make reparation” for what it did to victims and begged forgiveness for what he said had become ”a sacrilegious cult” that profaned God.
Pope Francis begged forgiveness from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors – but another victim called the gathering nothing more than ”a PR event.”
The Vatican quoted Francis as expressing personal ”sorrow” in his homily at a private Mass with six victims for the ”sins and grave crimes” of clerical sex abuse against them.
Francis pledged ”not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not,” and promised that bishops ”will be held accountable.”
”I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves,” the pope said.
”This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk,” the pope said, according to the English translation of his homily, which was delivered in Spanish.
Francis noted the abuse caused some victims to resort to addictions, or even suicide.
”These deaths of these so beloved children of God weigh upon the heart and my conscience and that of the whole church,” he said.
Do you feel any sort of responsibility for this at all? Â Â As a man? Â Or a Catholic? Â Do you? Â Â Read more »