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Vatican under Ratzinger has cracked down on abuse, expert notes

March 30, 2010

Since 2001, when the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) took control of sex-abuse cases involving Catholic priests, the Congregation has handled about 300 cases a year, bringing about a "quiet revolution" in the Church handling of such complaints, Father Raymond de Souza testified in a Vatican Radio interview.

The columnist for Canada's National Post noted that the CDF was given control of the handling of sex-abuse complaints in part because the scandal that erupted first in the US showed that diocesan bishops had not adequately addressed the problem.


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