The Vatican’s crisis talks on child sex abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland have not satisfied many victims. They have expressed deep dismay because the two-day meeting between the Pope and 24 Irish Bishops did not conclude who should pay for a policy of cover up by the Church.
Colm O’Gorman an Irish abuse victim commented: “Well I’ve got to say the Vatican has failed to meet even the lowest of expectations of what might come out of this. For the Pope to put out a statement that in essence can be reduced down to saying that paedophilia is a heinous crime and then going on to suggest that it is caused by a weakening of faith, is at this point just scandalous. It’s beyond ridiculous.”
Another victim, Christine Buckley expressed her sentiments: “I just genuinely hoped that we would have received a positive response from Rome. This is not just about diocese abuse, this is about the most depraved abuses on the most vulnerable of children.”
Pope Benedict met the Irish Bishops in response to outrage in Ireland over an official report seen as a damning indictment of abuse of thousands of children in the Dublin archdiocese from 1975 till 2004.