FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope asks Church abuse forgiveness by: – April 11, 2014 Share Tweet 126 Views one comment Sharing is caring! Share Share Pope Francis said he felt “compelled” to personally take on the evil which some priests had committedPope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the “evil” damage to children caused by sexual abusers in the clergy.In quotes carried by Vatican Radio, he described the abuse as a “moral damage carried out by men of the Church”, and said “sanctions” would be imposed.It is being described as his strongest statement on the issue so far.Last month, Pope Francis strongly defended the Roman Catholic Church’s record on tackling sexual abuse by priests, following UN criticism.The Pope set up a committee last year to organise help for victims of clerical sexual abuse but has been accused by some Catholics of dragging his feet in acknowledging the extent of the moral and mental damage caused by paedophile priests, the BBC’s David Willey reports from Rome.‘Sanctions’Pope Francis made the statement on Friday, during a meeting with a Catholic children’s non-governmental organisation, the Vatican Radio website reports.He said he had felt compelled to “personally ask for forgiveness for the damage [some priests] have done for having sexually abused children”.“We will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and the sanctions that must be imposed,” he said, adding: “We have to be even stronger”.In an interview last month, Pope Francis defended the Catholic Church, saying: “No-one else has done more [to tackle child sexual abuse]. Yet the Church is the only one to have been attacked.”It came after a UN report accused the Vatican of systematically placing the “preservation of the reputation of the Church and the alleged offender over the protection of child victims” – something the Church has strenuously denied.The Catholic Church has faced numerous allegations of child sex abuse by priests around the world and criticism over inadequate responses by bishops.Earlier this year the Pope strengthened Vatican laws on child abuse, broadening the definition of crimes against minors to include sexual abuse of children.BBC News
Bonetti made seven England appearances and featured in the 1970 World Cup quarter-final defeat by West Germany.As well as playing 729 times for Chelsea, Bonetti also had brief spells at American side St Louis Stars, Dundee United and Woking FC during a career which spanned more than three decades.Only former Chelsea captain Ron Harris has made more appearances for the Blues and Bonetti held the record for the most clean sheets until January 2014, when Petr Cech surpassed him.He played an important role in Chelsea’s FA Cup final victory over Leeds United in 1970 and the club has described “his superhuman attempts to thwart the opposition” in front of a TV audience of more than 28m people in the UK.Bonetti also won the League Cup in 1965 and the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971 with Chelsea.Nicknamed ‘The Cat’ by former team-mate Ron Tindall, he was voted runner-up in the 1969-70 Footballer of the Year award.“Peter Bonetti’s position in the pantheon of Chelsea footballing gods is unassailable,” the club’s official website said.“He was the Cat who broke the mould, defied the odds, drew the gasps, earned the cheers and got the cream. All in front of an adoring Stamford Bridge.“All at Chelsea wish to send our heartfelt and deepest condolences to Peter’s family and friends.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Chelsea and England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti has died aged 78 years after a long illness.Bonetti was described by Chelsea as a “goalkeeping superstar of the 1960s and 1970s” and “one of our indisputably all-time great players”.He was part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad but was unused throughout the tournament.