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Speech to government and public officials in Dublin on August 25, 2018

I am well aware of the plight of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters - I think especially of the women and children who have suffered extremely difficult situations in the past; and to the orphans of the time. Given the fact that these are the most vulnerable, I cannot help but acknowledge the grave scandal caused in Ireland by the abuse of minors by members of the Church charged with protecting and educating them. (...) The failure of the ecclesiastical authorities - bishops, religious superiors, priests and others - to properly deal with these heinous crimes has rightly aroused outrage and remains a cause of suffering and shame for the Catholic community. I share these feelings myself. My predecessor Pope Benedict XVI. did not spare words to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and to demand that in response to this breach of trust action be taken that are "truly gospel, just and effective" (see Pastoral Letter to Irish Catholics [March 19 2010], 10). His bold and determined intervention continues to spur the efforts of church leaders to correct past mistakes and to establish strict rules to ensure that they do not repeat themselves. More recently, in a letter to the people of God, I have repeated the obligation, even more the greater obligation, to stamp out this scourge in the Church; At all costs, morally and when it brings suffering, every child is indeed a precious gift from God, to be guarded and encouraged to develop their talents, and to be led to spiritual maturity and the fullness of humanity . The Church in Ireland has played a role in the past and present in promoting the well-being of children that must not be obscured. I hope that the gravity of the abuse scandals, which have exposed the inadequacies of so many, will help highlight the importance of society as a whole in protecting vulnerable children and adults. With this in mind, we are aware of the urgent need to offer young people level-headed support and healthy values ​​for their growth process.


Angelus prayer in Knock on August 26, 2018:

In particular, when I prayed in front of her statue, I entrusted her with all victims of abuse by members of the Church in Ireland. None of us can leave indifferent to the fate of minors who have been victims of ill-treatment, who have been deprived of their innocence and who have been left to the shame of painful memories. This open wound challenges us to seek truth and justice with determination and determination. I beg the Lord's forgiveness for these sins, for the scandal and betrayal that so many in God's family are feeling. I ask our Blessed Mother to stand up for the healing of all those who have suffered abuse of any kind. May Mary encourage every member of the Christian family to make a firm resolve never to allow this to happen again.

Address to the Irish Bishops in Dublin on August 26, 2018:

I am also grateful for the help you offer to your priests, whose grief and discouragement from recent scandals are often overlooked. One of the recurring themes during my visit was, of course, that the Church needs it, with gospel sincerity and courageously acknowledge and remedy past mistakes made in protecting children and vulnerable adults. In recent years you as bishops have taken decisions not only to pursue avenues of purification and reconciliation with the victims of abuse, but also, with the support of the National Board for the Protection of Children in the Church in Ireland, to establish a strict set of rules to ensure this aims at the safety of young people. During these years we all had to open our eyes to the severity and extent of sexual abuse in different social settings. In Ireland, as elsewhere, the sincerity and righteousness with which the Church seeks to face this painful chapter of her history can set an example and a call to remembrance for society at large.

Request for forgiveness at the closing service in Dublin on August 26, 2018:

Yesterday I met eight abuse of power, abuse of conscience, and sexual abuse survivors. As you wish, I would like to bring these crimes to the Lord's mercy and ask for forgiveness for them. We ask for forgiveness for abuse in Ireland, abuse of power and conscience, sexual abuse of those in charge of the Church; we especially ask for forgiveness for all abuses in different types of institutions run by religious and other members of the Church. And we ask for forgiveness for the labor exploitation to which countless minors have been subjected. We ask for forgiveness if, as a church, we have not offered the survivors of any form of abuse with concrete deeds pity and a search for justice and truth. We ask for forgiveness. We ask for forgiveness for some members of the hierarchy who have not dealt with these painful situations and have remained silent. We ask for forgiveness. We ask for forgiveness for the children who have been taken from their mothers and for those cases where the young mothers who tried to locate their children or the children who sought their mothers were told that it is a mortal sin: it is not a mortal sin, it is the fourth commandment. We ask for forgiveness. The Lord keep us and grow this attitude of shame and repentance, and give us the strength to work to ensure that these things never happen again and that justice be done. Amen.