Pope blames ‘sin within church’ for sex abuse

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Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), was not impressed.

“The pope does a disservice to children, victims, and Catholics by trying to perpetrate the myth that the church is somehow a ‘victim’ in its ongoing child sex abuse and cover up crisis,” she said in a statement. “Many are tiring of hearing about his ‘strong comments.’ They want to see strong action. … When will the pope begin at least disclosing predator priests and disciplining complicit bishops, so that children will be safer, truth will be revealed and justice will done?”

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Julia Duin

Julia Duin

Julia Duin is the Times’ religion editor. She has a master’s degree in religion from Trinity School for Ministry (an Episcopal seminary) and has covered the beat for three decades. Before coming to The Washington Times, she worked for five newspapers, including a stint as a religion writer for the Houston Chronicle and a year as city editor at the ...

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