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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Silvano Tomasi
A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.
The Vatican has acknowledged there can be "no excuse" for child abuse, confronted for the first time at length and in public over the global priest sex abuse scandal.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, acknowledged during a Vatican Radio interview that the church has to continue its efforts to protect children, but said the committee must realize that the Catholic Church could not simply "give up certain teachings that in the tradition of the Catholic Church sustain the common good of society and therefore cannot be renounced."
At a U.N. hearing, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's representative in Geneva, says "such crimes can never be justified" whether committed at home, school, sports activities or in religious organizations and structures.