"My dearest brothers and sisters in Christ, I am grateful for this opportunity to meet you. I am blessed by your presence. Thank you for coming here today. Words cannot fully express my sorrow for the abuse you suffered. You are precious children of God who should always expect our protection, our care and our love. I am profoundly sorry that your innocence was violated by those who you trusted. In some cases the trust was betrayed by members of your own family, in other cases by priests who carry a sacred responsibility for the care of soul. In all circumstances, the betrayal was a terrible violation of human dignity."
"For those who were abused by a member of the clergy, I am deeply sorry for the times when you or your family spoke out, to report the abuse, but you were not heard or believed. Please know that the Holy Father hears you and believes you. I deeply regret that some bishops failed in their responsibility to protect children. It is very disturbing to know that in some cases bishops even were abusers. I pledge to you that we will follow the path of truth wherever it may lead. Clergy and bishops will be held accountable when they abuse or fail to protect children."
"Within our family of faith and our human families, the sins and crimes of sexual abuse of children must no longer be held in secret and in shame."
"We humbly owe each one of you and your families our gratitude for your immense courage to shine the light of Christ on the evil of the sexual abuse of children."
"We promise to support your continued healing and to always be vigilant to protect the children of today and tomorrow."
Whether these words end up being true or a lie, it is remarkable that the highest officer in the Catholic Church makes himself accountable and is willing to clearly apologize. This is not the first time a Pope ask for forgiveness.
This is something the bastards of the Governing Body have never done and probably never will.