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Pope Francis cites ‘grave errors’ in handling of Chile sex abuse scandal

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SANTIAGO, CHILE-- Is it too late now to say sorry? Well, Pope Francis hopes it isn't.

In a letter to the Bishops of The Episcopal Conference of Chile, he said he made 'grave errors' in handling a sexual abuse scandal in Chile.

"At this very moment, I ask forgiveness to all those I have offended and I hope to personally do this as well in the next few weeks, in the meetings I will have with the representatives of the people interviewed," he said in the letter.

This all follows a report detailing interviews with 64 people affected by the abuse. Pope Francis also said he may summon Chilean bishops to Rome to speak with them about his conclusions.

In January, Francis visited Chile where he supported a bishop he appointed. While there, he said there was no proof that the bishop covered up priest abuse.

The comments resulted in immediate backlash from victims and their advocates. They also accused the pope of not being sincere when he apologized to victims of abuse.

Now it seems, the pope is retracting those statements.The Catholic Church has been in the spotlight for more than a decade with scandals involving tens of thousands of children accusing priests of sexual assault.

This might be a good time to remember that to err is human and to forgive, divine.

 

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