March 26th, 2010
07:57 AM ET

French bishops 'feel shame' at church abuse

French bishops wrote in a letter Friday that they "feel shame and regret for the abominable acts" perpetrated by some priests and religious figures in the Catholic church.

The bishops wrote the letter to Pope Benedict XVI as a "cordial message of support" amid the widening abuse scandal in the church. They said they supported the pope's strong words of support for victims of the abuse in Ireland, which the pontiff expressed in a letter to Irish Catholics on Sunday.

"Those who committed these acts disfigure our church, hurt Christian communities, and extend suspicion on all members of the clergy," the French bishops wrote.

Even if the actions are down to a small number of priests, they wrote, "it is already too much."

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    Tens of Thousands of Americans are languishing in America's massive prison system solely because they were guilty of obstruction of justice and they conspired to shield and protect a suspect.

    It is becoming ever more clear that Cardinal Ratz, now Pope Ratz deliberately and fully obstructed ongoing US and World Court's cases on serial clergy pedophiles and conspired to move these alleged criminals to various new locations where many of the serial pedophiles continued their child predication in a unsuspecting parish.

    What Pope Ratz did appears to be a Criminal offense in the US Justice System as well as the Justice System's found around the world.

    I can think of no worse example of a religious figurehead.

    Pope Ratz should resign.

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  2. G.Thorne, Massachusetts

    I don't feel that way about Pope Benedict XVI, I think he's a very good man, and doing a good job.

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