UnNews:Pope makes creepy apology to child-abuse victims
20 July 2011
VATICAN CITY -- Faced with a continuing sexual abuse scandal across Europe and the United States, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday issued a strong, heartfelt, and somewhat creepy apology to "all those beautiful precious little children" who suffered at the hands of paedophiles in the Catholic Church.
Speaking at a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the pontiff said that he felt deeply "ashamed, embarrassed, and very, very naughty" over the "sinful and criminal acts committed by members of the clergy against children and their supple, nubile young bodies."
"You have suffered grievously, and I am truly sorry," the Pope told abuse victims. "Your trust has been betrayed and your dignity has been violated."
"We must never allow this to happen again," he continued, "no matter how enchanting we find their playful little smiles."
Victims groups said that, while they welcomed the apology, it didn't go far enough, and that they felt a bit freaked out by the way the Pope kept smiling at them. "Words are not enough," a representative of Irish victims group One In Four said, "we need the Church to act so that child abusers are punished. Also, the Pope needs to cut down on that heavy breathing. It comes across a bit rapey."
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