Vatican voices 'shame and sorrow' over damning sex abuse report

Vatican voices 'shame and sorrow' over damning sex abuse report

The report detailed contents of internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania showing that more than 300 "predator priests" have been accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims. Wuerl defended himself, releasing a statement Tuesday that said he had "acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse".

The Vatican described the abuses as "criminal and morally reprehensible" - but failed to say whether any church personnel would be removed or punished.

Attorneys general around the US have been largely silent this week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania's that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York's top prosecutor is an exception, saying she is exploring teaming up with the local district attorneys.

Burke's statement did not mention another sex scandal rocking the Catholic Church in the USA: the accusations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a well-connected church leader who led the Archdiocese of Washington from 2001-2006.

The proposals will be presented to the full body of bishops during a November meeting.

"The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur", Burke said.

Tony Gentile / Reuters Daniel N. DiNardo (left) at the Vatican in 2007, when he was made a cardinal.

"The overarching goal in all of this is stronger protections against predators in the Church and anyone who would hide them, protections that will hold bishops to the highest standards of transparency and accountability", Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement.

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"The substance of the report is brutally graphic and profoundly disturbing as a chronicle of evil inflicted on hundreds of innocents", Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said in a weekly letter to Catholics.

A BELFAST priest has called on Pope Francis to cancel his planned trip to Ireland in light of the ongoing issues surrounding clerical sex abuse.

"The Holy See treats with great seriousness the work of the Investigating Grand Jury of Pennsylvania and the lengthy Interim Report it has produced".

The long-awaited grand jury report was full of vivid examples of horrendous abuse.

"The clock is ticking for all of us in Church leadership", CNN quoted Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, the Pope's top adviser on sexual abuse, as saying on Thursday.

Some current and former clergy named in the report went to court to prevent its release, arguing it violated their constitutional rights to reputation and due process of law.

"Listen to your anger".

Read on to see how some American Catholics are grappling with the Pennsylvania abuse report.

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