British Catholics say sorry for child abuse


The leaders of the five million Roman Catholics in England and Wales were expected to publish an unprecedented mea culpa overnight for child sex abuse. The “expression of deep sorrow” acknowledges the harm done to hundreds of children over decades by Catholic priests and lay officials. The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, was to lead diocesan bishops and archbishops in offering repentance to all Catholics for how the children were treated. The Catholic Church in England and Wales has been regarded worldwide as a model of how to respond to the crisis. It addressed child abuse in two reports a decade ago and has strict guidelines on safeguarding children. Although individual bishops have spoken of their sorrow through a series of reports, commissions and sets of guidelines, as well as in sermons, the church’s leaders have never offered a statement comparable to today’s.

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