Catholic Bishops Apologise for Abuse

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Byline: Steve Doughty Social Affairs Correspondent

ROMAN Catholic bishops in England and Wales delivered a 'heartfelt' apology yesterday for the child abuse scandal in the church.

They said the rows and resignations that have rocked the Catholic hierarchy and raised questions over the behaviour of the Pope himself have 'brought deep shame'.

'But shame is not enough,' said a statement issued by Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, pictured right.

'The abuse of children is a grievous sin against God. Therefore we focus not on shame but on our sorrow for these sins.' 'These terrible crimes, and the inadequate response by some Church leaders, grieve us all.' It added: 'They are the personal sins of only a very few. But we are bound together in the body of Christ and, therefore, their sins touch us all. There can be no excuses.' The apology, to be circulated to all parishes, is likely to be read to congregations at the weekend.

It was made even though the Catholic Church in England and Wales is untouched by the latest wave of allegations. …