March 19th, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Pope signs letter on sex abuse in Irish church

Pope Benedict XVI has signed a pastoral letter dealing with a sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Ireland, a Vatican spokesman said Friday.

The letter will be made public on Saturday.

"My hope is that it will help in the process of repentance, healing and renewal," the pope has said.

Deeply Catholic Ireland has been badly shaken by a government-backed report that found the Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic Church authorities in Ireland covered up child abuse by priests from 1975 to 2004. Child sexual abuse was widespread then, the report found.

The pope signed his letter in preparation of its delivery, said Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman.

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  1. mary

    Rev 18:1,2 1 After these things I saw another angel descending from heaven, with great authority; and the earth was lighted up from his glory. 2 And he cried out with a strong voice, saying: “She has fallen! Babylon the Great has fallen, and she has become a dwelling place of demons and a lurking place of every unclean exhalation and a lurking place of every unclean and hated bird! 3 For because of the wine of the anger of her fornication all the nations have fallen [victim], and the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the traveling merchants of the earth became rich due to the power of her shameless luxury.”
    Babylon the Great is the world empire of FALSE RELIGION, and this my friends has fallen.

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