Pope calls abuse crisis 'terrifying' example of failings within Church
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO PORTUGAL — Pope Benedict XVI said the priestly sex abuse scandal is a "terrifying" crisis that comes from inside the Church — not from an outside attack — and requires purification and penance to overcome.
The pope made some of his strongest remarks to date on the sex abuse cases during an in-flight press conference May 11 on his way to Portugal for a four-day visit that was to include the Marian shrine of Fatima.
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