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Child molesters: Pope defrocked nearly 400 priests over 2 years

Documents revealed today by the Vatican show that in 2011 and 2012 Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for child sexual molestation. While the numbers are higher than previous, the Church has only been releasing statistics for 4 years.

Pope talks of ‘amnesia’ over God as costs of Spain visit mount

Pope Benedict XVI continues his visit to Spain this weekend amid protests at the enormous cost – over €50 million, or about $73 million – his visit has notched up.

Support group: Vatican abuse publication a ‘last-minute ploy’

Wednesday’s publication by the Vatican of files concerning a case of a priest accused of sexually abusing children has been denounced by a victim support group as a “last-minute ploy.”

Another Catholic child abuse letter released

Fresh allegations in the Catholic child-abuse scandal have emerged from France, where it has been alleged that a Vatican cardinal in charge of clergy around the world congratulated a French bishop for not denouncing a sexually abusive priest.

Controversy erupts over ex-bishop saying ‘Jews are God killers’

A furious transatlantic row has erupted after news circulated about a retired Italian bishop accusing Jews of stirring up hatred of the Catholic Church over the scandal of child abuse.

I’d like to see the Pope arrested, says atheist academic Dawkins

The atheist academic Professor Richard Dawkins says he supports a legal attempt to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested “for crimes against humanity.”

UK protestors tell Pope: You’re not welcome here

Fifty protesters from humanist, secular, women’s and gay organizations have accused Pope Benedict of “covering up child sex abuse by Catholic clergy”.

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