Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI ended his visit to Australia with an impromptu private mass for former victims of sexual abuse. Earlier in his visit the Pope had condemned the abuse of minors as evil and ‘a grave betrayal of trust’.
This mass has been seen by some as a reinforcement of the Catholic Church’s fervent commitment to dealing with the issue of child sex abuse. However, other groups and individuals have denounced its private and exclusive nature, suggesting that by the church simply selecting the four individuals invited, there was no opportunity for open debate and reconciliation.
The Holocaust: Remembrances, Reflections, Revisions
By Stephen J. Whitfield , Brandeis University
(Vol. 1, October 2006)
By Émile Poulat
From Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology