This video says about itself:
(April 2, 2010) Cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Europe echo decade-old events in the U.S. – but the Vatican has responded very differently. As evidence is revealed that shows the Pope may have been a part of the scandal, should something have been learned from the American experience?
SOURCES: AL Jazeera English, Qatar; BBC, U.K.; TV5MONDE, France; RTL II and Deutsche Welle, Germany; NBC, U.S.
From DPA news agency:
Valletta, Malta – A group of Maltese men who claim they were the victims of child abuse at the hands of priests have called for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the Mediterranean island over the coming weekend.
They told a news conference on Monday they were seeking justice from the Church but were not after financial compensation.
“We are asking to meet the Pope behind closed doors for a few minutes to help us heal and to overcome this trauma,” said Lawrence Grech, on behalf of six former residents of the St Joseph orphanage where the abuse is said to have taken place in the 1980s.
The men are also seeking closed meetings with Maltese Archbishop Paul Cremona and Monsignor Charles Scicluna, a senior Maltese Vatican official. The Maltese archbishop immediately accepted the request.
The group has called on the Pope to condemn child abuse cases by members of the clergy in Malta during his much-anticipated visit.
In total, 10 Maltese men initiated court proceedings against priests seven years ago. The court proceedings are still underway. Among other claims, Grech said boys were abused and forced to dress in women’s clothing while they were residents at the orphanage.
The Maltese Church said in a statement on Monday that a team appointed to investigate the claims had established there was a “basis” in the allegations made against 13 priests so far, while 19 other child abuse allegations against priests were unfounded. Another 13 cases were pending.
Last Saturday, billboards promoting the German pontiff’s trip to Malta were defaced – an Adolf Hitler style moustache were added to his photograph along with the word ‘paedophile’.
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