.- The Bishops' Conference of Mexico praised Pope Benedict XVI this week for his efforts addressing clerical sexual abuse and underscored their own âzero toleranceâ for such cases.
The bishops began by acknowledging that in the past, âerrors were made by not acting quickly in response to these situations,â and then asked for forgiveness from the victims.
Such sad and painful situations âare cause for penance, conversion and purification in the truth in order to achieve justice,â they continued. âThe truth is a way of life whose premise is the recognition of reality.â
âWith that we wish to say that we will not oppose investigations by civil authorities ... in these and other cases that have taken place,â the bishops stated.
Pedophilia occurs for various reasons, they continued. âSociety has tended to be very liberal on sexual ethics,â and now we âare seeing the consequences.â The prelates added that, âsexual education has been needed in the family and in schools,â but they warned that it must not be reduced âto mere genital information, which often leads to sexual licentiousness.â
The Mexican bishops also said that Pope Benedict XVIâs letter to Irish Catholics âresonates throughout the entire universal Church.â The attacks on the Pope are virulent and unjust, they added, ânot only in the decisive issue of abuse and mistreatment of minors, but also in the misinterpretation of his message in support of life and family values.â
âIt seems like they want him to fail in his struggle for the dignity of the human being,â the bishops concluded.