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ROME (RNS) Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI disputed the claim that abuse is pervasive in the Catholic Church, noting that "according to research by sociologists, the percentage of priests guilty of these crimes is no higher than those present in other similar professional fields."


  1. thomas e molloy

    It is a very tough position that Card. Ratzinger had; he had to judge from afar the accusations and the civil situation of priests from such a variety of situations. Americans and Brits and Irish are one thing: a democratic government and assured due process in the civil sphere. What about priests in Vietnam and China and other totalitarian regimes? Should accusations be reported immediately to the civil authorities?? It is so sad that this cannot be predicted; a Papal Nuncio was just accused in the Dominican Republic, and who are more carefully vetted than those guys!!