The Pope has asked members of the Catholic Church for forgiveness.
It is an unprecedented step, the reasons for which the Vatican has not clarified.
Pope asks forgiveness for the scandals that have rocked the Church – (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday… http://t.co/upolyAXhav— Catholic News Live (@cathnewslive) 14 Octobre 2015
A spokesman would only say the Pontiff is referring to scandals in which there is a “reponsibility for men of the Church.”
“I ask you for forgiveness,” the Pontiff said during his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square, “Jesus is a realist and he says it is inevitable that scandals will occur, but woe betide the man who causes them.”
“Scandals” that have rocked Rome in recent weeks
A senior Polish priest caused a stir at the beginning of October when he revealed he was gay.
Vatican sacks Polish priest
kocharamsa</a> after he comes out as gay: <a href="http://t.co/aAM4PQZBAb">http://t.co/aAM4PQZBAb</a> <a href="http://t.co/HQA8uEZaeI">pic.twitter.com/HQA8uEZaeI</a></p>— ABC Religion&Ethics (ABCReligion) 14 Octobre 2015
The Vatican dismissed Monsignor Kryzsytof Charamsa, who said he had been living with a male partner for years.
The Vatican has also said the Pope’s appeal is not linked to the recent resignation of the Mayor of Rome over an expenses scandal.
Mayor of #Rome – elected on anti-corruption platfrom – quits over expenses scandal http://t.co/WYqCzlVCUF via
POLITICOEurope</a></p>— Ryan Heath (PoliticoRyan) 8 Octobre 2015