17 July 2014, The Tablet

The listening Pope

by Peter Saunders

Pope Francis begged forgiveness for the sins committed by the sons and daughters of the Church when he met six survivors of clerical sex abuse last week. One of the group, who himself was molested by two priests, describes the encounter and what he urged the Pope to do Is the Pope perfect? Of course not. He heads an institution that has a great deal to answer for when it comes to failings around child abuse (and more than a few financial irregularities, of course). Has the Pope, perhaps in his previous roles , made mistakes? I’m sure he has. Who hasn’t? Does he regret those mistakes? I believe he does but I am also reminded of Jesus’ challenge that the person who is without sin should cast the first stone. So it was when I went to visit Pope Francis in Rome to talk abou
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