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Abuse victims say pope 'very upset' at meeting

The Local · 28 Sep 2011, 08:37

Published: 28 Sep 2011 08:37 GMT+02:00

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They echoed the Vatican's account, saying the pope was "very upset and very distressed" on hearing their stories.

Speaking to state broadcaster ARD on Tuesday, a 63-year-old man from Stuttgart who was abused by two nuns as a child in a church boarding school, said the pope "was stunned, and his voice got quieter and quieter."

After hearing the man's description of his experiences, the pope told him, "I am very upset. That is truly awful, what was done to you." The pope also promised that the cases would be investigated.

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09:07 September 28, 2011 by wood artist
Too bad he wasn't upset when he was in the chain of command that allowed these things to continue. Too bad as leader of this gang that he still continues to hide, bury, and pretend these things don't exist.

10:44 September 28, 2011 by dcgi
Like most things Mr Pope, ... too little, too late, you're a disgrace.
12:05 September 28, 2011 by Eastard
It is very unfortunate that the very people that preach honesty are indeed sinners themselves... guess what... they are people and people lie... Those without sin cast the first stone... It is most critical that the church realize that this is not just legally wrong it is morally wrong and their actions have not prevented it... They cannot make people be different... they can however not tolerate it with more transparency and protect their own children better... I can assure you that this is not limited to the Catholic Church or to Christianity ...
14:44 September 28, 2011 by jbaker
You are so correct - Eastard. People from all over this earth(The minority,not the majority) do this to satisfy their control bug. Power to these people is control over everyone they come in contact with. Some want to control the World - They will succeed if we let them.
15:04 September 28, 2011 by Bob Schwiderski
Was the Pope and his staff using the old tear producing method of cutting and sniffing an onion? Did the Pope that an acting lesson from Walt Disney?

If this top church official has his mouth open talking about clergy sexual abuse - he's lying !
17:20 September 28, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Like most of you, I would like to see more action, and less words. If someone, no matter what their civil, religious, or business position, is found to have abused a child, then they should discplined/punished for it. To have empathy with the victims is one thing, but to do something about, is what is really needed.

By the way, Eastard and jbaker are correct, about this not being limited to religious leaders. Check out the following link for how something just as worse, if not more worse, occurred in another country and was hidden from the public for a long time:

18:01 September 28, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Okay "dcgi", what would you do then? Do you think it easy to represent one billion religious people? What is easy is the judgement and critisism from a safe place on the sidelines. The Pope took a few meetings with victims in an effort to consol them and show publically that he condemns the actions of a few corrupted people in His church. There are always corruptable people in any organization, and the Church is not immune. Can any leader be held responsible retroactively for the actions of his subordinants? As I recall, he wasn't the Pope when this terrible thing happened to the victims, and He certainly cannot change what has been done.
18:13 September 28, 2011 by Deutschguy
"Can any leader be held responsible retroactively for the actions of his subordinants? "

Uh, yeah! Especially while you were on the way up to being a "leader", you knew about it and participated in not speaking out or actively or tacitly approval of the coverup.

I hope these each of these victims find a way into an American court and sue the Catholic Church for millions of dollars in damages. Should be a nice 'yard sale' on St. Peter's Square some time to pay them!
18:29 September 28, 2011 by jmclewis
So upset he sent the pervert priest out of the Vatican to there home countries to face prosecution?

ACTING!!!!!! ACTING!!!!!
18:30 September 28, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
So you don't think sexual abuse happens in Protestant, Lutheran, Baptist, Episcopalian, or any other such religion? Oh, but the Catholic issues are more visable because there are more Catholics than anything else in the Occident, so it's an easy target for biased, hateful individuals. By your logic, everyone in the Catholic Church is repsonsible for this, from the common Priest all the way up to the Pope, regardless of their innocence or level awareness of these tragedies. Every Catholic is repsonsible too, right? Because we saw what was happening and we "let it happen". Seriously, go to college.
19:05 September 28, 2011 by BananaDog
The Catholic Church is the Anti-Christ -

Sinead OConner knew it 20 years ago on Saturday Night Live when she tore a picture of the Pope at the end of her song.
22:31 September 28, 2011 by DannyHaszard
Not to diminish the serious sin of the RCC but Please examine the Jehovah's Witnesses who go door to door and come on our property.

Jehovah's Witnesses pedophiles.

Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah's Witnesses require two witnesses when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation. Such allegations have customarily been treated as sins instead of crimes and are only reported to authorities when it is required to do so by law, (which varies by state).

It has also been shown that child molesters within the organization usually have not been identified to the congregation members or the public at large. These people engage in a door to door ministry, possibly exposing children to pedophiles.

The Watchtower corporation has paid out millions in settlement money already.

-- Danny Haszard abuse victim


22:34 September 28, 2011 by wood artist
I do not doubt this has happened in other religions, just as it has happened in many organizations. The Boy Scouts have had similar problems, but they have taken some steps...maybe not enough...to deal with it. In general, again with some exceptions, they didn't try to cover it up, and assisted with prosecution when it was discovered.

It does seem like the Catholics have a pattern of denial, and I haven't personally seen much evidence that their approach has changed under this Pope. THAT is what's truly different here, and I believe that's what most people find troubling and offensive.

17:56 September 29, 2011 by Dr.Teddy
II'm so sorry the Mr.Pope is upset. Perhaps it should be asked what he is doing about the 17 seminarians in Osnäbruch, who had child porn on their computer
05:55 October 1, 2011 by Dejo
Perhaps we should try and figure out to what extent the pope ( I will not dignify him with a capital P ) is responsible for the AIDS crisis in Africa, and then charge him with crimes against humanity. For a background check this out:

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