Contrasting it with the past, bishops in several countries praised the letter as courageous for condemning abusive clerics. Victims measured it against what they hope to see in future -- sanctions for bishops they say helped hush up the problem. Photo
The gap separating these views is the arena for the bitter public fight over clerical child abuse. Every new revelation gives the victims fresh ammunition and puts more pressure on the Church to undertake painful reforms it clearly wants to avoid.
"They still don't see this isn't just about individual cases, but about an overall structural problem (in the Church)," said Christian Weisner of the German lay movement We Are Church. "This letter still does not amount to a big breakthrough."
What the critics want is transparency and accountability, from full disclose of abuse to removal of complicit bishops.
Read more - Pope apology disappoints, victims seek accountability – by Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor – PARIS –Reuters
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Read more - Pope’s letter strikes a mixed chord – by Eric Moskowitz – The Boston Globe
Survivor calls on pope to resign – by MICHAEL O'REGAN – The Irish Times – Read more
Anger and disappointment in Ireland as the Pope's letter fails to heal – by Carissa Casey in Dublin – Telegraph.co.uk – Read more
Pope does not mention rebuke to Irish bishops - Washington Post – Read more
Vatican failed to heed sex abuse lessons from Canada – by Sandro Contenta - Toronto Star - Read more
Arrogant, corrupt, secretive – the Catholic church failed to tackle evil – by Fintan O'Toole – guardian.co.uk – Read more
Pope Offers Apology, Not Penalty, for Sex Abuse Scandal – by RACHEL DONADIO and ALAN COWELL – The New York Times – Read more
Pope's letter 'doesn't address concerns' – The Sydney Morning Herald – AFP - Read more
Pope's sex abuse letter 'does not address cover-up' - Times Online – Read more
Pope 'must act' on sex abuse cover-up – by BARNEY ZWARTZ – The Age.com.au - Read more
Pope's letter to Irish Catholics disappoints child abuse survivors - The Guardian - Read more
Victims disappointed by Pope abuse letter - ABC Online – Read more
Catholics should demand justice – by CALGARY HERALD – Calgary Herald – Read more
Church victims demand action – by Laurence Lee - Al Jazeera – Video report
Irish public unmoved by pope's apology – by Henry McDonald, Ireland editor – guardian.co.uk – Read more
Mixed reaction to papal apology – by Pamela Newenham – The Irish Times – Read more
Abuse groups say Pope's letter falls far short - Ireland Online – Read
Father Hans Kung blames Catholic views on sex for clerical child abuse – by Ruth Gledhill – Mar 9, 2010 - Times Online - Read more
Dissident theologian Hans Kung calls on Pope to issue - by Richard Owen – TimesOnline – Read more
Pope letter on Catholic sex abuse scandal meets Irish skepticism - Christian Science Monitor - Read more
Merkel demands "truth and clarity" on abuse scandal – Reuters – Read more
Pope's Irish letter faces critical Catholic world - By Shawn Pogatchnik - Associated Press Write – Boston.com – Read more
Doctor: Catholic Church ignored my warnings about child molester – Frederik Pleitgen - CNN International - Read more
Catholic Church sex abuse scandals around the world – BBC News – Read more
Will the pope's pastoral letter on child sex abuse silence the critics? - Deutsche Welle – Read more
Full Disclosure - The Roman Catholic Church must confront its failings with contrition – TimesOnline – Read more
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This about the reckless endangerment of children in a calculated, purposeful strategy to protect the institutional Church - By Jason Walsh – December 2, 2009 - The Christian Science Monitor – Read more
New Catholic Sex Abuse Findings: Gay Priests Are Not the Problem – by DAVID GIBSON – Politics Daily - November 18, 2009 - Read more
Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation, Dr. Gregory Herek, University of California at Davis & Yale University & City University of New York – Read more
RC hierarchy child sexual abuse “cover-ups” ordered by Benedict XVI to avoid public outrage & criminal charges - falsely accused gay priests WATERGATE? Read more
Ratzinger, Hurley, Maida & Accomplices - Kids Are Being Hurt!!! (Sequential Order of Reactions) Read more
Marriage Equality -> Restores "Hope For Love" To Children In Early Childhood – Read more
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest – Read more
"Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child's spirit." Erik Erikson