The Pope has asked members of the Catholic Church for forgiveness.
Point of view
I ask you 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