Saturday, March 20, 2010
Proving he still doesn’t get it, Pope RatNAZI offered a boilerplate apology Saturday to the victims and their families in Ireland, expressing “shame and remorse” and saying “your trust had been betrayed and your dignity has been violated.”
Missing from the long-awaited, 8-page letter, was any mention of disciplinary action beyond sending a special apostolic delegation to investigate unspecified dioceses and religious congregations in Ireland. Moreover, it focused particularly on the situation in Ireland, even as the crisis has widened among Catholics in Austria, the Netherlands and in the pope’s native Germany.
And most disturbing of all, nowhere in the letter did Pope RatNAZI address the responsibility of the Vatican itself. Many victims’ groups have criticized the Vatican for not recognizing the depth and scope of the abuse crisis sooner. Nor did he use the term punishment, or spell out any consequences for clergy or bishops who had not upheld canon or civil law. Indeed, he laid blame firmly with Irish Catholic leaders.
Colm O’Gorman, the co-founder of a victims’ group called One in Four, and a victim of priest sexual abuse, after reading the pope’s letter said he was “concerned that there is still no full acknowledgment of the systematic institutional cover-up which is not restricted only to Ireland.”
“Clearly the pope is trying to restrict it to the Irish church and they are speaking only to the Irish church. I find that deceitful because we know that this is a global and systemic problem in the global church. It’s all about protesting the institution and, above all, its wealth.”