Boston cardinal says church contrition on abuse must continue

The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

THE CATHOLIC Church “must continue to express the depth of our sorrow and contrition for how badly we failed those entrusted to our care,” Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, has said.

“As leaders in the church we must accept our responsibility for those failings and clearly acknowledge that church leadership could have and should have responded more quickly and more forcefully.”

He was speaking in a letter marking the 10th anniversary of revelations by the Boston Globe newspaper of an extensive cover- up of clerical child sex abuse by archdiocesan authorities there, which led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law.

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