'Forgiveness does not replace justice' says pope

11th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday that the Church's forgiveness could not replace the need for justice for victims of priestly paedophilia, as he began a four-day visit to Portugal.

Speaking to journalists aboard his flight from Rome, the 83-year-old pontiff said the Roman Catholic Church had a "profound need" to "learn forgiveness and also the necessity of justice," underlining that "forgiveness does not replace justice."

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