Boston archbishop: 'Sorrow' over child sex abuse scandal is still deep
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley released a letter expressing sorrow over the sexual abuse scandal.
January 5th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

Boston archbishop: 'Sorrow' over child sex abuse scandal is still deep

By Chris Boyette, CNN

(CNN) - Ten years after public recognition of serious sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic priests within the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, the archbishop, issued a letter and his reflections on the "problem with a history far deeper than any ... had imagined, that had been wreaking havoc along its course."

On Wednesday O'Malley released a document contemplating the abuse crisis over the past decade.

"The life of the Church in the Archdiocese of Boston (and throughout the world) was forever changed by the revelations of clergy sexual abuse that dominated the news in January of 2002," it began, "As an Archdiocese, as a Church, we can never cease to make clear the depth of our sorrow and to beg forgiveness from those who were so grievously harmed," it went on.

The Archdiocese released O'Malley's reflections two days before the 10-year anniversary of the first Boston Globe articles that broke the story in 2002, exposing decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, as well as bringing to light a veil of silence within the Church, implicating Church officials in covering up the abuse by shuffling pedophile priests around the diocese.

"Survivors have made clear that the Church must do everything possible to make sure that what happened to them never happens again," O'Malley wrote, "On behalf of the entire Church, I pledge our vigilance as we continue to help those that had been harmed."

O'Malley said his reflections were not to be interpreted as "a final word, or the closing of a chapter," but rather an expression of progress made so far, and a guide for what he said would be the Church's continued diligence in doing everything possible to prevent such abuses in the future.

"There will never be a time to presume that the crisis is over or behind us," said O'Malley.

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  1. jespo

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    January 7, 2012 at 3:22 am |
    • jespo

      thats because you're being censored...

      January 7, 2012 at 3:37 am |
    • jespo

      oh...ok self....thanks...

      January 7, 2012 at 3:38 am |
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      January 7, 2012 at 3:40 am |
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      January 7, 2012 at 4:20 am |
  2. Calbeb

    It is stories like these that reminds one of all those countless priests who have served in truth and integrity and remained faithful to their true calling, those that have sacrificed their all to serve God and humanity in love and truth!

    January 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Daniel

      Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love? –Sheen

      January 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Mirosal

      They only have 'sorrow' because they got caught. Just like any other felon.

      January 7, 2012 at 3:30 am |
    • Mayfly

      What some priests did to destroy life and harm children is disgusting beyond words. Their actions makes God weep. The rest of the Church and those following Christ are called to heal the wounded, strengthen the Church, turn away from sin, and make the TRUTH known. Love will always trump evil, always.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
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