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Italian cardinal sees campaign against Church in abuse coverage

Catholic World News - March 22, 2010

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the president of the Italian bishops' conference, has decried what he sees as a campaign to discredit the Catholic Church through emphasis on sexual abuse by clerics. Cardinal Bagnasco, speaking to a meeting of the Italian episcopal conference, conceded that the flurry of stories in the European media has exposed a real problem, but argued that the problem is by no means restricted to the Church. "For a long time, the phenomenon of pedophilia has been tragically widespread in different sectors and various categories of people and various places, even non-Catholic," he said.

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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Mar. 26, 2010 11:56 PM ET USA

    Oh, it took what, twenty - thirty years worth of this selective outrage for the bishop to reach this conclusion? I reached the same conclusion long before I became a Catholic and came to understand the difficulty the pedophilic religious presented.

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