Pope Decries Neglect of ‘Little Ones’
The 266th Pope and current leader of the Vatican City State, Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis has expressed disdain over what he described as the neglect of the “little ones.” Speaking on Saturday during a meeting g with religious and political dignitaries in Dublin over issues of cover ups of sexual abuses plaguing the Catholic Church, the spiritual leader did not deny that the church as failed in the areas of cover up of sexual abuses.
The Catholic Church the world over has been in the eye of criticisms for child sexual abuse and concealment of same. More prominent is the revelation recently of a United States grand jury in Pennsylvania where about 1000 children have reportedly been abused by Catholic priests.
The Church has been having a running battle with outrages arising from reported instances of sexual abuse by priests and other religious superiors. Owning up to incidences of abuses and concealment of abuse, the supreme pontiff said “I cannot fail to acknowledge the grave scandal caused in Ireland by the abuse of young people by members of the church charged with responsibility for their protection and education”.
The Pope validated the indignity being meted at the church, when he said “The failure of ecclesiastical authorities”, the Catholic body comprising “bishops, religious superiors, priests and others” to “adequately address these appalling crimes has rightly given rise to outrage, confessing further that “is a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community”. “ I myself share those sentiments.” He also owned up.
In the same vein, the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, in line with his position before the arrival of Pope Francis in Dublin, did not mince words calling on him to use his position and influence as the “Holy Father” to bring about justice and truth and reconciliation to victims and survivors of sexual abuse” not only in the Republic of Ireland but also in the whole world.
In his words, “wounds are still open and there is much to be done to bring about justice and truth and healing for victims and survivors. Holy Father, I ask that you use your office and influence to ensure that this is done here in Ireland and across the world,” The Taoiseach said at the meeting.
The visit is the second Papal visit to the Republic of Ireland in forty years, the last one being that of the late Pope John Paul II in 1979.