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The Vatican's investigator in the church's pedophilia scandal has warned priests that child abusers would do better to stay outside the Catholic Church.
When Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, led prayers on Saturday with catholic students and seminarians, he told them that priests who abuse others instead of acting as role models would find their torment in hell less bearable if they were to remain outside the Church.
ANSA news agency reported that the Monsignor said his prayers were being said for the "victims of abuse perpetrated by men and women of the church, so that their wounds can heal and they can find true peace."
Prayers were also for priests "who have committed abuse so that they can confront in the light of the truth the consequences of their wrongs and accept the will of justice".