- Cindy Wooden
- Sep 13, 2018
On Sunday, as part of his 32-hour visit to Ireland, Pope Francis went to the Marian Shrine of Knock, where he begged the “Lord’s forgiveness for these sins and for the scandal and betrayal” by those who suffered at the hands of the Catholic Church.
On day one of his 32-hour visit to Ireland, Pope Francis won credit for dealing with the Church’s clerical sexual abuse scandals head-on, but also criticism for failing to offer an action plan.
Despite vocal criticism over Pope Francis’s reaction to clerical abuse scandals in the lead up to this week’s World Meeting of Families, families on the ground in Dublin say that while they want action, there is still a palpable sense of excitement for his presence in the country.
As Pope Francis preaches against a “throwaway culture” in Ireland, Catholics confront the new reality of the country’s recent decision to legalize abortion.
In a session with Catholic families from all over the world Saturday night, Pope Francis urged them to cut down on technology and spend more time nurturing flesh-and-blood relationships.
As was widely expected, Pope Francis on Saturday met survivors of clerical sexual abuse in Ireland, and also encountered people who spent time in industrial schools and mother and baby homes.