Pope Benedict must apologise
Yesterday's meeting between the papal legate Cardinal Marc Ouellet and victims of clerical sex abuse was a welcome but insufficient gesture of contrition on the part of the papacy. During a visit to Lough Derg, Cardinal Ouellet stated that Pope Benedict XVI had asked him to come to the pilgrimage site to ask God's forgiveness for the abuse of children by priests and religious.
"I have come here with the specific intention of seeking forgiveness, from God and from the victims, for the grave sin of sexual abuse of children by clerics", Cardinal Ouellet said in his homily.
He went on to say that: "In the name of the church, I apologise once again to the victims, some of whom I have met here in Lough Derg."