Wednesday, April 21, 2010

And Peter Wept. Pope Benedict XVI in Malta

Italy's La Stampa reports the reaction of Lawrence Grech, one of Malta's victims of clergy sex abuse to his meeting with Pope Benedict XVI.

I've translated some of his statements:

"I saw the Pope weep from emotion and I felt myself freed from a great weight."

"I didn't expect excuses from the Pope but I saw in him and in the bishop of Malta the humility of a Church which in that moment represented the whole problem of the modern Church."

"He put his hand on the head of each one of the participants in the meeting, blessing them.  I felt myself freed and relieved of a great weight."

"For a long time I didn’t go to Mass any more and I had lost faith, but now I feel myself a convinced Catholic."

"This was the greatest gift I have ever received, after the birth of my daughter"

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