September 16th, 2010
09:21 AM ET

Pope addresses sex abuse scandal as he starts U.K. visit

Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday the Roman Catholic Church has not been vigilant enough or fast enough in responding to the problem of sexual abuse by priests.

"These revelations were for me a shock and a great sadness. It is difficult to understand how this perversion of the priestly ministry was possible," he told reporters aboard his plane to Scotland. "How a man who has done this and said this can fall into this perversion is difficult to understand."

He added, "It is also a great sadness that the authorities of the church were not sufficiently vigilant and insufficiently quick and decisive in taking the necessary measures."

A group representing priestly abuse victims promptly criticized the pope's remarks, saying he should have called for more.

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  1. abrown

    Perhaps if Catholic priests were allowed to marry, lets say, Catholic nuns, they wouldnt result to pleasuring themselves by being pedophiles.

    September 16, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      abrown, having a wife would not stop a pedophile. That is a specific perversion. They desire little boys. They are a very sick group of people. I honestly suspect many of them go into the priesthood just so they have access to the young boys.

      September 16, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Boney

    And the catholic church has know about this for how many decades now????

    September 16, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. >:

    ::spit::

    Thats me spatting on the ground in disrespect as the pope walks into the room.

    September 16, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. DC

    Texan, I believe you hit the nail one the head. And, may I add, this is who are government relied on for many decades.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |