In a letter Wednesday to followers, the pope asked for forgiveness and said he misjudged the severity of the cases. He said his perception was "due to a lack of truthful and balanced information."
And, why would he expect truth from a bishop?
"I can affirm that all the testimonies collected speak in a stark manner, without additives or sweeteners, of many crucified lives and I confess that this has caused me pain and shame," Pope Francis said after a "slow reading" of the report.
"I apologize to all those I have offended," he said, adding that he plans to apologize personally to some of the survivors who testified.
The pope has not said whether he will ask Madrid to step down, but has asked the country's bishops to visit Rome for a meeting in the near future.
Karadima, the former head of the El Bosque parish in Santiago, was sentenced to a life of penitence and prayer for his abuse of young boys in 2011.
LONDON: Child sex dolls have been pulled from sale by online retail giant Amazon.com Inc after widespread criticism from a watchdog and charities in Britain over concerns that people who use such lifelike dolls may go on to sexually abuse children.
"All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don't will be subject to action including potential removal of their account," an Amazon spokesman said in a statement. "The products in question are no longer available."
England Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield, said Amazon should explain how the dolls were permitted to be posted on their website, and ensure they cannot be put back up for sale.
"Such dolls are clearly built for one purpose, and that purpose is a clear danger to the safety of real children," she said in a statement after a BBC investigation into the issue.
Britain allows people to manufacture and own child sex dolls yet it is illegal to import them. A British man was convicted last year for doing so in what police said was a landmark case in the fight against a new form of sex crime against children.
Opinion is divided over the use of child sex dolls, which have the appearance, weight and anatomy of real children.
Other organisations, such as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), say sex dolls can be dangerous proxies to act out fantasies like rape or child abuse.
"There is a risk that people using these dolls could become desensitised ... (and) go on to harm children, as is often the case with those who view indecent images of children online," said Almudena Lara, NSPCC's head of policy and public affairs.
"There is absolutely no evidence that using the dolls stops potential abusers from abusing children," she added.
In fact, because we know that sin is progressive (which we have documented many times here), we know that men will soon tire of the imitation and begin to desire the real thing.