Pope Shares “Outrage, Shame” at Murphy Report.What About the Blame?

The headlines suggest that Pope Benedict XVI, following his meeting yesterday with the two leading Irish prelates concerned, has made a strong and welcome response to the Irish abused scandal.   Closer analysis shows how inadequate this suggestion really is.  He has spoken of his outrage over the original abuses, and about the inadequate response of the Irish Church. This is nowhere near enough.  This is not about just the Irish church, not about responding to specific abuses, nor even about better governance.  Reorganising the Irish church, without restructuring the entire Catholic establishment, rules and culture, just won’t cut it.  Nor has he said anything by way of apology for his own contribution to the problem, which has been substantial.

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