Pope hears prayer for victims of abuse
Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 20, 2011
Sick state of affairs…
MADRID (Reuters) – Pope Benedict listened to prayers for victims of sexual abuse on Friday as he presided at a huge procession for tens of thousands of young people in Spain.
The Pope’s second day in Spain culminated with a Way of the Cross procession in central Madrid, during which prayers were read for different sectors of society that were suffering.
“Jesus suffers with all those who are victims of human genocide where brutal violence explodes, or victims of rape and sexual abuse, the crimes against children and adults,” the prayer read.
Silence fell as representatives of different countries and social groups — including unemployed young people and those who suffer persecution for their beliefs — took it in turn to carry a plain wooden cross, representing the one on which Christ was crucified.
Statues and sculptures normally reserved for Spain’s world-famous Holy Week processions also lined the route.
“It was a very emotional experience, unforgettable. A unique experience. The Holy Week statues are one of the most amazing things you can see in Spain,” said Ricardo Ramirez, a 28-year-old pilgrim from Paraguay.
The prayers, written by Spanish nuns for the occasion, reflected the pain and scandal the Catholic Church has experienced in the recent years over disclosures that priests had sexually abused children in a number of countries.
Benedict has apologized for sexual abuse by priests but victims groups say the Vatican has not done enough to bring the guilty to justice.