September 16th, 2010
09:56 AM ET

Pope addresses sex abuse scandal as he starts visit to Britain

London, England - Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday the Roman Catholic Church has not been vigilant enough or fast enough in responding to the problem of sexual abuse by priests.

"These revelations were for me a shock and a great sadness. It is difficult to understand how this perversion of the priestly ministry was possible," he told reporters aboard his plane to Scotland. "How a man who has done this and said this can fall into this perversion is difficult to understand."

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Europe • Pope Benedict XVI • Sex abuse • United Kingdom

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Frogist

    The more I read about Catholicism the more disheartened I become with it.

    While I appreciate the words the Pope speaks regarding abuse, the actions don't seem to follow. It's also a curious statement about the "sobering lessons of atheist extremism". What does he mean by that? The quote is incomplete so I wonder what exactly did he say. Apparently it was negative towards secularism. But considering what the Humanist Society rep said about compassion and inclusion, I wonder why he would be against that. I constantly wonder why religious leaders are against things that seem very humane. Put that together with what he said about women priests being equal to pedophilia... It makes me understand how archaic and useless and heartless catholicism is becoming.

    September 16, 2010 at 11:04 am |
    • Gon


      "becoming"? You've heard about that little thing called "history" right? This "latter-day" stuff is massively tame compared to historical facts about the Catholic Church. I just might die of outrage one of these days...

      September 16, 2010 at 11:31 am |
    • Kate


      Have you ever heard of a movie called "Wag The Dog"? Ratzinger's advisers certainly seem to be fluent with the concept behind it. This is him trying to deflect attention away from the Belgian revelations and the questions that should be being asked about why the Church tried so hard to have the files kept secret by putting the blame onto atheists.

      Expect at some point a "senior Vatican official", speaking "off the record" as he won't be "authorized to talk to the media", to "explain" how atheism is really a proximate cause of pedophilia or some other baloney.

      Just bein' cynical

      September 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
    • Critter


      Cynical? Really?

      Nahhh. 😀

      September 17, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  2. Cautionary Tale

    I, for one, will trust the Queen of England to do what she can for her country. She's got some amazing people working for her, too. I look forward to hearing all about it later. Thanks CNN.

    September 16, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  3. David Johnson

    Quote from the article:

    "The National Secular Society said British secularism "is not something to criticize, but to celebrate."

    "We have rejected dogmatic religion devoid of compassion," the group said in a statement. "In its place we have embraced and included gay people and given them the right to full equality, given women the right to control their own fertility, given scientists a free hand to seek cures for horrific diseases by the use of stem-cell research."

    Yes! Oh, hell yes!

    September 16, 2010 at 10:12 am |
About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.