November 29, 2005

Abuse victims request papal apology

Tracy Press

Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Victims of sexual abuse by a former California priest brought a letter to the Vatican on Monday asking Pope Benedict XVI to apologize to all victims of clergy abuse and dismiss any official involved in covering up the scandal.

The Rev. Thomas Doyle, a Dominican priest, lawyer and longtime advocate for sex abuse victims, briefly entered one of the Vatican’s gates to deliver the letter, which also asks the pope to instruct bishops to cooperate in the investigation of suspected abuse cases.

“I just put it in a blue box up there. I didn’t know what else to do,” Doyle told The Associated Press after delivering the letter.

Posted by kshaw at November 29, 2005 06:49 AM