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The headline, across five columns of the front page of today's New York Times: "Pope Offers Apology to Victims of Sex Abuse by Priests".
Pope John Paul II's official view on what people need to know:
"People need to know that there is no place in the priesthood and religious life for those who would harm the young."
And the pope's statement on what should be done with abusive priests:
"We cannot forget the power of Christian conversion, that radical decision to turn away from sin and back to God, which reaches to the depths of a person's soul and can work extraordinary change."
Silly me — I thought you were supposed to become Christian before you entered into the priesthood. ...
April 24, 2002 12:06 PM
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