- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 4, 2010

BALTIMORE (AP) — The archbishop of Baltimore said on Sunday that Easter is not the time to discuss the sexual abuse scandal plaguing the Vatican.

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien told reporters outside the Basilica of the Assumption that “damage has been done” and that the church is “trying to repair that damage.”

In his homily, he told a standing-room-only crowd of hundreds that Christ will remain with them despite all their trials.

Pope Benedict XVI is accused of perpetuating a climate of cover-up for pedophile priests. Many congregants in Baltimore said their faith was not shaken by the latest revelations about child sexual abuse in Europe and the United States.

But 83-year-old Rosemarie McManus of Baltimore called the allegations “disgusting” and “embarrassing.”


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