Pope To Ireland’s Gay PM: “I’m Ashamed” [VIDEO]

The BBC reports:

Pope Francis has said he is ashamed of the Catholic Church’s failure to adequately address the “repellent crimes” of sex abuse by clergy. The Pope was addressing political leaders and diplomats at Dublin Castle during the first papal visit to the Republic of Ireland for 40 years. He is expected to meet victims of clerical sex abuse later on Saturday. The visit coincides with the World Meeting of Families – a global Catholic gathering held every three years.

“I cannot fail to acknowledge the grave scandal caused in Ireland by the abuse of young people by members of the Church charged with responsibility for their protection and education,” he told the Dublin Castle audience. “The failure of ecclesiastical authorities – bishops, religious superiors, priests and others – adequately to address these repellent crimes has rightly given rise to outrage, and remains a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community. “I myself share those sentiments.”

Ireland’s RTE reports:

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has appealed to Pope Francis to use his “office and influence” to ensure abuse survivors receive “justice, truth and healing.” In a speech in front of the Pontiff during a State reception at Dublin Castle, Mr Varadkar said the past treatment of many women and young people by the Catholic Church and the State had left a history of “sorrow and shame.”

During his speech, the Pope said he shared the “pain and shame of the Catholic community” to tackle the “grave scandal” of clerical abuse. Senior clerics and other dignitaries greeted the Pope, including Papal Nuncio Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin, and Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. He was also welcomed by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, his wife Ruth and their three daughters Jessica, Beth and Annalise.