Call for Pope to Apologise to Nz Sex Abuse Victims

Radio New Zealand

July 6, 2008

There's a call for the Pope to apologise to New Zealanders who were abused by members of the Catholic clergy.

The Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust says the pontiff should say sorry when he visits Sydney later this month as part of Catholic World Youth Day.

The Vatican is facing growing calls from Australian support groups for an apology.

Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust chairman Ken Clearwater says his organisation would want to examine the church's motives for any apology.

He says it's important to judge whether the apology is only happening because the church has finally been caught out or whether the church genuinely wants to help those people who have been sexually abused by clergy.

Last month a Catholic brother, Rodger Moloney, was convicted of sexually abusing boys at Christchurch's Marylands school in the 1970s.

The Order of St John then apologised to pupils who suffered.

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