The Telegraph reports:

Campaigners had hoped that after his seven page letter on Saturday to Irish victims of child abusing priests in which he said he was "truly sorry" the Pope would use his weekly sermon to apologise in public. But he failed to do so and instead he asked Roman Catholics around the world to be "indulgent towards sinners and pray to God to ask for forgiveness for our failings." He used as an example the Bible parable from John's Gospel in which Christ asks people about to stone an adulteress: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

Forgiveness is vital. But before forgiveness, repentance. And sorry, Holy Father, but not many of us have condoned and fomented child rape to defend a now-indefensible hierarchy.

If the Pope had the moral standards and personal responsibility of your average CEO, he'd resign. But once again, it's interests that matter - not the church as a whole, which is us.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.