Pope Benedict XVI’s been in the States for less than 24-hours and he’s already causing a stink!
His Holiness yesterday said that he feels great “shame” about the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandals, which have cost the United States’ churches an estimated $2 billion.
While Benny probably thought the statements would help pave the way for a smooth visit, the abused had some rough words for him:
He talks about feeling shame for the scandal but itâ€™s a far cry from the shame that victims have had to live with our entire lives,â€ said Becky Ianni, 50, an abuse victim who joined a vigil in front of St. Dominicâ€™s Catholic Church here.
We donâ€™t really need his sense of shame,â€ said Ms. Ianni, who said she was abused by her parish priest in Alexandria Va., from age 9 to 11. â€œWe need him to take firm actions to correct the situation.â€
Another commenter pointed out that Benedict’s statements included his and the Church’s “suffering,” but he failed to mention the children involved. That says it all.