Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pope’s letter strikes a mixed chord – by Eric Moskowitz – The Boston Globe

While abuse victims see statement to Irish as clear failure, flock divided

Pope Benedict XVI’s first pastoral letter on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church drew sharp criticism yesterday from local victims and their advocates, who said the pope failed to place responsibility on church hierarchy, acknowledge his own role in the crisis, and address its multinational nature.

But among area parishioners attending evening Mass yesterday, reaction was mixed. Some joined victims in calling the letter a missed opportunity, while others welcomed it as a balm for wounds left by the abuse scandal.

Some were unfamiliar with the 4,500-word letter, which was directed at Catholics in Ireland and will be read at churches across that country today. The pope expresses “shame and remorse’’ while apologizing to abuse victims and their families, and he chastises Irish bishops for their “grave errors of judgment’’ over the years in mishandling reports of abuse.

“While this is very lengthy and much more emotional than anything he’s said before . . . he still isn’t calling for any of his bishops to resign, he still is not demanding that they disclose the names of the abusers and the files, and the names of the enabling bishops and other church officials,’’ said Anne Barrett Doyle, codirector of, a Waltham nonprofit research group that documents the sexual abuse crisis. “So he’s not really calling for accountability. He’s just simulating that.’’

Read more - Pope’s letter strikes a mixed chord – by Eric Moskowitz – The Boston Globe

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"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 

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