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Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Tuesday the crisis of sexual abuse of children by priests should make the Catholic leaders acknowledge the "terrifying" truth that the greatest threat comes from "sin within the Church."
In some of his most comprehensive public comments since the sexual abuse scandal broke two months ago, Benedict said the Church has "a very deep need" to acknowledge that it must do penitence for its sins and "accept purification."
"Today we see in a truly terrifying way that the greatest persecution of the Church does not come from outside enemies but is born of sin within the Church," he told reporters on the plane taking him to Portugal, in response to a question about the scandal.
Originally posted by webpirate
Is he finally getting it? Is he finally opening up and admitting it?
Originally posted by jazz10
Ongoing thread here