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International Eucharistic Congress: Irish cardinal offers apology to abuse victims

Catholic World News - June 15, 2012

Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, offered an apology to abuse victims during Mass at the International Eucharistic Congress on June 14. The day’s theme was “Reconciliation in our Communion.”

Speaking of “those children and young people who were hurt by a Church that first betrayed their trust and then failed to respond adequately to their pain,” Cardinal Brady said:

May God forgive us for the times when we as individuals and as a Church failed to seek out and care for those little ones who were frightened, alone and in pain because someone was abusing them. That we did not always respond to your cries with the concern of the Good Shepherd is a matter of deep shame. We lament the burdens of the painful memories you carry. We pray for healing and peace for those whose suffering continues. I want to take this opportunity of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress to apologize for the times when some of us were blind to your fear, deaf to your cries and silent in response to your pain.

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