Secret children of priests to sue

19/4/10; (2 Items)

When Pat Bond told her lover, Henry Willenborg, a Franciscan priest, she was pregnant, he urged her to have an abortion. Ms Bond, who was 28, had a miscarriage and then became pregnant again. This time, the church urged her to give up the child for adoption. Ms Bond, from Missouri in the US, kept the child but agreed to a vow of silence. In a signed contract with the Catholic Church, she undertook to keep the priest’s identity secret in exchange for financial support for her son, Nathan. In the US, Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Austria, women made pregnant by priests have signed such pledges in exchange for hush money from the church. The Pope refused to comment on the scandals yesterday during his flight to Malta, saying only that the church had been “wounded by our sins”. But he faces a new battle over the children of priests. Many former lovers and their offspring are preparing to mount lawsuits.


Church wounded: Pope
Pope Benedict XVI admitted that the Catholic Church had been ”wounded by our sins” as he landed in Malta on his first foreign visit since the sexual abuse scandal emerged. Talking briefly on his plane – a turboprop which could fly from Rome with little threat from the volcanic ash cloud – the Pope did not specifically mention the scandal. However, a Vatican spokesman said it was to this that the Pope was alluding when he told reporters: ”Malta loves Christ who loves his church which is his body, even if this body is wounded by our sins.”
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