This video from the USA says about itself:
The Roman Catholic Church is entangled in another sex-abuse scandal, this time involving a U.S. priest accused of molesting up to 200 deaf boys decades ago. A group of victims has condemned Pope Benedict’s handling of the case, which went directly to his office when he was a cardinal.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Monday 01 November 2010
Survivors of clerical sex abuse were blocked from taking their protest to the heart of the Vatican on Sunday by paramilitary police.
Organisers said it would be repeated until the Holy See, which refused access to the Vatican itself by protesters, takes decisive action to ensure children are safe.
“Today what began as quiet whispers are whispers no more,” organiser Gary Bergeron told the crowd.
More than half the protesters were deaf people from a notorious Catholic institute in Verona where dozens of students say they were sodomised by priests.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, who intended to read out a prepared statement to the crowd, beat a hasty retreat after a protester shouted “Shame, shame.”
One of our commenters, who attended the sex abuse rally at the Vatican : “It was a very powerful moment in time”: here.
USA: A Catholic priest stands accused of a) sexually assaulting a teen, including raping the boy at gun point b) threatening to kill him if he told anyone c) threatening to kill himself and the boy so they could go to Heaven together d) actually trying to get him killed — the priest allegedly offered 5,000 to an undercover agent to murder the boy (guess he didn’t feel like going to Heaven yet): here.
Australia: Melbourne Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart is at it again. In 2004, he told a woman who had been sexually abused by a priest to “go to hell, bitch”. In 2009, he unsuccessfully attempted to pressure Father Bob Maguire, a progressive Melbourne icon, to retire from his local parish: here.
Rev. James Martin, S.J.: Understanding the Pope’s New Stance on Condoms: here.
Conservative US Catholics question pope’s shift on condom use: here.
The estranged former ally of sleaze-tainted Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi urged him to resign on Sunday for the good of the country and begin discussing a new government with a revised legislative agenda: here.
Revelations of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s involvement in another prostitution and corruption signal a new stage of the political crisis engulfing Italy: here.