|National||CLANCY EXPECTS WIDE ANALYSIS OF POPE'S APOLOGY|
The Church expects wide debate within the community over the Pope's decision to express contrition for the church's sins of the past, according to President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Cardinal Edward Clancy.
The public confession is part of a collective examination of conscience as the Church enters its third millennium and included reference to the treatment of Jews, heretics, women and native peoples.
The head of the Catholic Church in Australia, Cardinal Edward Clancy, expects the document to generate plenty of debate.
"It's not an infallible statement in that sense of the word and it's one that certainly, I think, will hopefully be discussed and debated, analysed and reflected upon. Indeed it was reflected in all diocese in Australia yesterday," he said.