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Pope's Visit Angers Sex Abuse Victims

Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 10:14 AM


Adults who were either sexually assaulted or beaten by Roman Catholic priests and nuns when young said they wanted the Vatican to open up its secret files on abusers to the police, London's Telegraph reports.

They agreed that they did not want to be “wheeled out” for a “PR stunt” with Benedict XVI while he is in the country this week, although some said they would like to talk to him on their own terms.

It is widely expected that the Pope will meet abuse victims privately, as well as publicly expressing regret for the clerical sex abuses that have emerged worldwide in recent years. But five survivors and a lawyer who held a packed press conference in London on Wednesday morning said they did not know of anyone who had been invited for an audience.

The group acknowledged that the Pontiff’s arrival had helped them highlight their cause, but added that they were offended by his presence and said it had reawakened their painful memories.

Read the entire story at telegraph.co.uk

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