Ex-Pope Benedict Apologizes for Sex Abuses but Denies Accountability

Ex-Pope Benedict asked forgiveness from church abuse victims for any “grievous faults” in how he handled the cases but denied any personal wrongdoing.

“I have had great responsibilities in the Catholic Church. All the greater is my pain for the abuses and the errors that occurred in those different places during the time of my mandate,” said Benedict. 

An independent report was recently published on January 20 chronicles decades of alleged abuse in the archdiocese of Munich, which he acted as Cardinal from 1977 to 1982.

According to the report, Benedict did not punish clerics accused of sexual misconduct and did not disclose them to investigators.

“An oversight occurred concerning the question of my participation in the ordinariate meeting of January 15, 1980. The fact that the oversight was exploited to cast doubt on my truthfulness, indeed to portray me as a liar, has affected me deeply,” said Benedict on his alleged inaction over a priest, who was accused of abusing children in North-Rhine Westphalia.

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