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Pope pledges action on sex abuse

But will bishops who covered up the misconduct face sanction?


Pope Benedict XVI promised today that the Catholic church would take action against sex abuse in the clergy, offering the clearest sign yet that the pontiff will confront the burgeoning scandal head-on. But his remarks, made during his weekly public address in St. Peter’s Square, gave no hint as to how the Vatican plans will deal with the all-important issue of clerical cover-ups. The Church has been rocked by evidence that bishops and other senior prelates protected known abusers by moving them from parish to parish, where they continued to work with young people. Such allegations have reached all the way up to the pope himself, who as an archbishop was informed of sex abuse cases involving priests, and as a cardinal was in charge of the Vatican office that oversaw discipline of clergy members. The Vatican officials are expected to make a formal announcement tomorrow outlining their response to the scandal.

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Pope pledges action on sex abuse

  1. Have to smile at the furor over teaching sex education in the schools at an early age when the Church seems to have been doing it for years and years!

  2. The Pope today announced that he will do everything he can to get levels of child sexual abuse down to acceptable levels.

  3. Have to cry over the smear and slamming campaign of the Pope; will someone tell the truth about the church, that it has no responsibility for the bishops since 1965; every bishop is a pope, never mind, every member of the church is a pope, there is no sin, there is only bad choices, but those bad choices feel good for some, hence, the sex ed. sounds like a great opportunity to prepare children for homosexuals to abuse them… hey but wait, that's legal these days… so it's no longer abuse, but sound scientific teaching method… WOW…