On his flight to Washington Pope Benedict told the media that he was “deeply ashamed” over sexual abuse scandals in the United States. He said it was difficult for him to understand how priests could betray their calling in this way.
It is interesting the Pope blamed American priests but said nothing about the many bishops (most of them still in office) who did their very best to protect pedophile priests from the law. The bishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law, did in fact resign. He was then summoned to Rome and promoted.
Some victim groups raised this point yesterday. They also complained they are sick and tired of more apologies from church authorities even if in this case it is the Pope himself. What they want is action including the removal of a number of bishops.
Perhaps a good place to start would be a meeting of the Pope and some of the clergy abuse victims before he leaves next Sunday. Such a meeting would have a dramatic healing quality that would far exceed another apology. A meeting between Benedict and the victims might well begin to bring final closure to the biggest clergy sex scandal in the history of the church in America.
Do you agree?