Catholic sex abuse scandal fallout spreads in Europe

April 22, 2010
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Fallout from the Catholic child sex abuse scandal spread across Europe on Thursday as the Vatican retired an Irish bishop, a German offered to step down and prelates in England and Wales apologised for the “terrible crimes” of priests. 

French Catholic church campaigns for more priests

April 21, 2010
A pilgrim prays during a ceremony lead by Pope Benedict XVI following an Eucharistic Procession in Lourdes at La Prairie in Lourdes, France on September 14, 2008.

A pilgrim prays in Lourdes, France on September 14, 2008/Jean-Philippe Arles

France’s Catholic church has unfurled a public campaign for more priests to ease a shortage amid a crisis of confidence worsened by widening allegations of clergymen sexually abusing children.

Uncertain leadership in Vatican as abuse crisis rages

April 18, 2010
Rain clouds over St. Peter's Basilica, 12 Dec 2008/Chris Helgren

Rain clouds over St. Peter's Basilica, 12 Dec 2008/Chris Helgren

When countries are threatened or institutions are in trouble, they look to their leaders to show the way out of the crisis. 

Chronology of five years of Pope Benedict’s papacy

By Reuters Staff
April 18, 2010
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Newly elected Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, 19 April 2005/Kai Pfaffenbach

Pope Benedict marks five years as head of the Roman Catholic Church on Monday. Here is a chronology of major events since Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope on April 19, 2005.

Embarrassing Vatican letter hailing bishop who hid predator priest

April 15, 2010
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Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos

As a tide of previously confidential Catholic Church documents about child sexual abuse by priests has risen over recent weeks, the Vatican has been able to say that none of them was a “smoking gun” proving it had instructed bishops to cover up the scandals. This defense looks thinner than ever with the posting of a 2001 letter by Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos congratulating (yes, congratulating!) a bishop for not only hiding a self-confessed serial abuser but earning himself a criminal sentence for doing so. For more on the 2001 case, click here.

INTERVIEW – Church abuse scandal can hurt other faiths – Mufti

By Paul Taylor
April 15, 2010
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Pope Benedict XVI greets Muslim delegation head Mustafa Ceric (R), the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, at the Vatican on November 6, 2008/Osservatore Romano

Homosexuality, not celibacy, linked to pedophilia, says Vatican #2

By Reuters Staff
April 12, 2010
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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a news conference in Santiago April 12, 2010/Ivan Alvarado

Pupils “sadistically tormented” at German Catholic monastery

April 12, 2010
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Ettal monastery, March 3, 2010/Johannes Eisele

Children were “sadistically tormented and also sexually abused” at a Catholic monastery in Pope Benedict’s native Bavaria, according to a new report commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church.

Vatican puts abuse rules online to quell critics

April 12, 2010
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The dome of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. April 4, 2005/Alessia Pierdomenico

Italian sexual abuse victims want Pope Benedict to speak out

April 9, 2010
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Abuse victim Gianni Bisoli in Verona April 8, 2010/Paolo Bona

Abuse victim Dario Laiti is deaf and has great difficulty speaking. But he has a clear message for Pope Benedict: expose predator priests, past and present, living and dead, for the good of the Church.