"Pope Benedict has described clerical sex abuse as a mystery in an address to Irish Catholics.
The Vatican leader expressed his views via a broadcast at the Mass to close the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.
Almost 80,000 mass goers at Croke Park on Sunday heard the Papal address.
Irish President Michael D Higgins and Prime Minister Enda Kenny were among the crowd at the final event of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress.
They heard the Pope say:“It is a mystery the fact that people who regularly received the Lord’s body and confessed their sins in the sacrament of Penance could abuse children.”
He added:“Evidently, their Christianity was no longer nourished by joyful encounter with Jesus Christ: it had become merely a matter of habit.”
In the message, relayed after the closing Mass, Pope Benedict noted:“Ireland has been shaped by the Mass at the deepest level for centuries, and by its power and grace generations of monks, martyrs and missionaries have heroically lived the faith at home and spread the good news of God’s love and forgiveness well beyond your shores."
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Somehow, I think the word 'mystery' does not mean what the pope thinks it does. Clergy celibacy has long made the priesthood a haven for closeted gay men seeking to deflect questions about their sexual orientation. When the church is willing to use its considerable power and wealth to cover up acts of abuse, one should not be surprised that the end result is more abuse, not less. Perhaps the word Herr Ratzinger was looking for here was not 'mystery', but 'inevitability'.