Papal Nuncio reveals Pope Benedict’s disgust at clerical abuse tragedy in Ireland
The new Papal Nuncio to Ireland has revealed how Pope Benedict was ‘scandalized and dismayed’ by the clerical sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church.
Archbishop Charles John Brown confirmed that the Pope was appalled by the tragedy of clerical child abuse in Ireland and acknowledged that recent years had been ‘difficult’ for Irish Catholic believers, the nuncio said.
Speaking at a liturgical reception hosted for him at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin, Archbishop Brown spoke of his remit from the Pope to help build a new church in Ireland.
“He felt deeply the wounds of those who had been harmed and who so often had not been listened to,” said the Papal Nuncio.
“The Pope is resolute and determined to put into place changes that will give the church the ability to deal more effectively with those who abused trust, as well as provide the necessary assistance to those who had been victimized.
“Pope Benedict has been relentless and consistent on this front, and I assure you that he will continue to be.”
Having worked at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1994, the Manhattan native told the Irish Times that he represents various realities.
“I am the descendent of men and women of Ireland, who emigrated from this island, possessing little more than the treasure of their Catholic faith, which they, through the generations, have passed on to me,” he said.
“Were it not for the faith of Ireland, I would not be a Catholic today.”
Archbishop Brown also recalled he had worked with the then cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, in the Roman Curia, the central administration of the Catholic Church.
He said: “I was a newly ordained bishop of the Catholic Churchand, as such, with all my limitations and defects, a successor of the Apostles.
“I am standing before the people principally as the representative of the Bishop of Rome and the successor of the Apostle Peter.
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