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Pope Meets With Bishops Over Abuse

Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 10:38 AM


VATICAN CITY, Holy See — Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday urged Irish bishops to "restore the credibility" of the Roman Catholic Church rocked by a paedophilia priest scandal, the Vatican said.

The pope said the bishops must give priority to "restoring the Church?s spiritual and moral credibility" on the second of two days of talks with the bishops, the Vatican said in a statement.

The bishops vowed to cooperate with Irish courts to bring to justice priests who have abused children, the statement said.

The pope faulted "the failure of the Irish Church authorities for years to act effectively over cases of sexual abuse against young people."

Benedict met with two dozen Irish bishops, seeking a way forward after the scandal that has rocked mainly Catholic Ireland.

The Irish delegation was led by Cardinal Sean Brady, primate of all Ireland, who in December met Benedict along with Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin over the crisis after two shocking judicial reports into the abuse.

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