(CBS) Pope Benedict returned to the Vatican Sunday from the tiny island of Malta in the Mediterranean where he held what was called a "tearful" meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests. CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips has more.
Benedict said he had gone to Malta under a dark cloud. He seemed to mean the ash cloud that has disrupted aviation, but people also took it to mean the cloud of the child-abuse scandal hanging over the Catholic Church.
And away from the ceremonial trappings, Benedict's most important encounter on Malta was a private one with a group of men who, as orphan children in the 1980s and 1990s say they were abused by priests…
…But justice is exactly what abuse victims around the world say they have not been getting. The Vatican has been further stung in the past week by the release of an old internal letter congratulating a bishop from keeping an abuse case away from civil authorities. Read complete article - By Mark Phillips – CBS News
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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
…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Protect children and the entire world will be safe.
Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children. Kids Are Being Hurt!!!