The Pope's Meeting with Sex-Abuse Victims

I spoke with Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley about the pope's meeting with a small group of sex-abuse victims at the Vatican Embassy Thursday afternoon. He seemed very affected by it and said that he wasn't ready to talk about it except to say that it was prayerful and, he hoped, healing.

It must have been quite a meeting. The shy academic, as the pope has been described, and five people who went through hell at the hands of some of the priests in his flock. Apparently there were tears and there were prayers. Maybe it will help with the healing.

Here's the Vatican's statement:

Today at 4:15 p.m. the Holy Father met in the chapel at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., with a small group of persons who were sexually abused by members of the clergy.

The Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, accompanied the group. They prayed with the Holy Father, who afterwards listened to their personal accounts and offered them words of encouragement and hope.

His Holiness assured them of his prayers for their intentions, for their families and for all victims of sexual abuse.

By Jacqueline L. Salmon |  April 17, 2008; 8:21 PM ET
Previous: Three Taken to Hospitals During Pope's Mass |

Comments

Please email us to report offensive comments.



Pope excommunicates Giuliani - For exclusive coverage on Pope's "Dear Rudy" letter, see http://michaeljamesh.blogspot.com/2008/04/dear-rudy.html

Posted by: michael h | April 20, 2008 1:45 PM

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2008 The Washington Post Company