BBC NEWS | Americas | Pope attacks US sex abuse record:
Speaking to the US bishops at a national shrine in Washington on Wednesday evening, Pope Benedict asked: “What does it mean to speak of child protection when pornography and violence can be viewed in so many homes through media widely available today?”
“Responding to this situation has not been easy and, as the president of your episcopal conference has indicated, it was sometimes very badly handled,” he said.
He was referring to earlier words by the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.Cardinal George said the consequences of the scandal and its poor handling by the clerical hierarchy “makes both the personal faith of some Catholics and the public life of the church herself more problematic”.
Hey, Holy Father. You want to make a difference? Apologize to victims groups for your handling of the same situation. Your fancy hat does not preclude your from hypocrisy.