|Pope Sees Police Role in Sex Abuse Inquiries
By Jonathan Guthrie
September 20, 2010
Pope Benedict XVIth has signalled that the Catholic Church should involve civil authorities, including the police, in child sex abuse investigations.
His praise for bishops who “deal properly and transparently with allegations” came on the last day of a state visit during which the pontiff quelled some of the animosity toward the Church that sex abuse scandals have engendered.
Suspicions that the Vatican was complacent about the issue had threatened to overshadow the trip, whose high point on Sunday was the beatification of Cardinal Newman, a theologian whose writings reconcile modernity with tradition.
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