Pope Benedict, on a two-day pilgrimage to Malta, avoided referring to the child sex abuse scandals currently engulfing his papacy.
In a brief message to journalists on board one of the few flights to leave Rome, the Pontiff neither mentioned the new cases coming to light in Europe and the US nor did he use the word “abuse.”
He did say.
“I know Malta loves Christ and his Church that is his body and knows that even if this body is wounded by our sins, God still loves this Church and his gospel is the true force that purifies.”
In the capital Valetta, a group of 10 men, who claim to have been abused by predator priests at an orphanage in the 1980’s and 1990’s, have requested a meeting with the Pope to close what they call a “hurtful chapter in their lives” It is unclear if the Pope has granted their request.
Three priests are currently facing charges in Malta over the alleged sex abuse.