At the closing Mass of the Year for Priests, referring to the fact that, in this very year of joy for the sacrament of the priesthood, the sins of priests had come to light, particularly the abuse of the little ones, Pope Benedict XVI made a very significant declaration.
It reflects his determination to address everything related to child abuse by priests with all the courage that it requires.
The Holy Father said: “We insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved, while promising to do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again; and that in admitting men to priestly ministry and in their formation we will do everything we can to weigh the authenticity of their vocation and make every effort to accompany priests along their journey.”
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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