Abuse: Greatest persecution of the Church, says Pope

THE Holy Father today declared the sex abuse problems within the Catholic Church was ‘the greatest persecution of the Church,’ but said it was born from sins inside the church, not outside.

Pope Benedict XVI made the remarks while flying to Portugal ahead of his four-day visit. He called for profound purification and penance within the church as well as pardon and justice.

In some of his strongest comments to date, he said the Catholic Church had always suffered from attacks from within but that ‘today we see it in a truly terrifying way.’

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