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Pope blames church's sins for sex scandal -
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Pope blames church's sins for sex scandal

In his strongest statement yet on the global sex abuse scandal sweeping the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI today admitted that church itself should bear the brunt of the blame for failing to tackle paedophile priests.

Speaking en route to Portugal at the start of a four day visit, the pontiff made it clear that he believed the sins of the church ? and not outsiders ? were responsible for the clerical abuse scandal.

?Today we see in a truly terrifying way that the greatest persecution of the church doesn't come from enemies on the outside but is born from the sins within the church," the 83-year-old said. "The church needs to profoundly relearn penitence, accept purification, learn forgiveness but also justice."

His comments represent a significant sea-change in the Vatican?s approach to the ongoing child abuse scandals that have thrust the Roman Catholic Church into one of its worst crises in living memory.

When historical and current day abuse accusations broke out en masse across Western Europe at the beginning of the year, key Vatican officials repeatedly accused the media, secularists and pro-gay/pro-choice lobbies of launching a hate campaign against Rome.


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