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. 

Africa also suffers sex abuse by priests: Joburg RC archbishop

April 8, 2010
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A member of the faithful shows a crucifix to Pope Benedict XVI during a youth rally at the Dos Coqueiros stadium in Luanda, Angola March 21, 2009/Alessandro Bianchi

Catholic bishops see campaign against Church over child sex abuse

March 22, 2010
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Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco and Pope Benedict in Paul VI hall at the Vatican 25 April/Osservatore Romano

Pope-victims gap is tip of iceberg of incomprehension in Catholic Church

March 21, 2010
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Pope Benedict in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, 17 March 2010/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope’s shame, remorse over Irish child sex abuse, victims want more

March 20, 2010
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Pope Benedict's letter on Irish child sex abuse cases, at the Vatican press office, 20 March 2010/Alessandro Bianchi

Irish cardinal ashamed over abuse cases — will he resign or not?

March 18, 2010
Cardinal Seán Brady

Cardinal Seán Brady after Mass in Armagh, 17 March 2010/Cathal McNaughton

Cardinal Seán Brady, the Patriarch of Ireland, said at his St Patrick’s Day Mass that he was “ashamed that I have not always upheld the values that I profess and believe in.” This sermon came after days of calls for his resignation after it was revealed that he played a small part in keeping quiet the case of an abusive priest in 1975. Although he said back in December that he would resign if it turned out he had caused any child to suffer, Brady has refused to step down over this case despite loud calls in Ireland for him to do so.

Irish bookmaker slashes odds on pope’s resignation

By Reuters Staff
March 12, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican March 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico

Pope Benedictat his weekly audience in the Vatican March 10, 2010/Alessia Pierdomenico

Focus turns to pope as German, Dutch sex abuse scandals unfold

March 11, 2010
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Pope Benedict XVI in the Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 2 Feb 2010/Max Rossi

Dublin theatre throws spotlight on Catholic priestly sins

February 18, 2010
monaghan Aaron Monaghan plays a tormented teenager in Christ Deliver Us! at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre/Abbey photo by Ros Kavanagh

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland could well feel it has nowhere left to hide. As the press carried blanket coverage of this week’s meeting between the Pope and bishops summoned to Rome following the Irish church’s vast pedophilia scandal, Ireland’s national theater has joined those taking up the theme of ecclesiastical hypocrisy, to loud applause.

Can we expect Freudian slips when Benedict meets Irish bishops?

February 13, 2010
spiegel cover

This week's cover of the German newsweekly Der Spiegel -- the title says "The sanctimonious ones -- the Catholic Church and sex"