Pope apologizes for priest sex abuse scandal with ‘sorrow and shame’

Abuse complaints were kept in the church’s so-called secret archive and church officials hid incidents, neglected to discipline priests or report them to law enforcement, according to the 1,356-page report.

“Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all,” the report said.

The Vatican said in a statement two days after the report’s release that the abuses described “are criminal and morally reprehensible” and “those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith.”

via NBC Pope apologizes for priest sex abuse scandal with ‘sorrow and shame’