November 29, 2005

Vatican Responds to Priest Sex Abuse Scandal With New Instruction

Christian News Wire

BOSTON, Nov. 29 /Christian Wire Service/ - "The clergy sex abuse scandal exposed the Church to a deep rooted internal problem which Pope Benedict XVI could not ignore," said former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, Raymond L. Flynn. "Significant and decisive reforms were demanded by Catholics throughout the United States. In fact, two dramatic new changes have taken hold, pedophile priests will be turned over to the police for prosecution and men with deeply rooted homosexual tendencies will no longer be ordained. Both of these policy changes will ultimately make the Catholic Church stronger."

"The new policy is in place, the Pope did what he said was needed to be done. Hopefully a sad chapter has ended and its now time for faithful Catholics to support the changes and move on. In this advent season, let the healing begin," said Flynn.

Posted by kshaw at November 29, 2005 07:29 AM