Church abuse victims - resignations not enough

Victims of clerical sex abuse in Ireland have said the Catholic Church needs to offer more than resignations in dealing with the problem of child abuse.

Victims of clerical sex abuse in Ireland have said the Catholic Church needs to offer more than resignations in dealing with the problem of child abuse.

The Pope earlier today accepted the resignation of Boston based Cardinal Bernard Law, who stepped down after a number of child sex abuses came to light in his diocese.

In a statement following his resignation, Cardinal Law apologised to those who had suffered and begged their forgiveness.

However Colm O'Gorman of the One in Four group, which represents Irish victims, said the Catholic Church must move to acknowledge that it has tried to cover up paedophilia cases involving priests.

"What I'm particularly interested in and what the people I'm working with are interested in is not apologies anymore, it's a real acknowledgement, a real disclosure of what happened and resignations never give us that.

"What we need to see is for the church generally to acknowledge what's gone on, to acknowledge it has willfully covered up and facilitated the abuse and the rape of children to protect itself and to protect the institution."

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