Pope Criticises Handling of Catholic Church Sex Scandals

World | April 17, 2008, Thursday // 00:00
Pope Criticises Handling of Catholic Church Sex Scandals Pope Benedict XVI has criticised US bishops over their handling of child sex abused scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. Photo by euronews.net

Pope Benedict XVI has criticised US Roman Catholic leaders over their handling of the clerical child sex abuse scandals that rocked the US in recent years.

Speaking to bishops in Washington, the Pope said the situation "was sometimes very badly handled," adding the values and opinions of society must be reassessed, so that "a sound moral formation can be offered to young people and adults alike," Euronews reported.

After the ceremony, President Bush received the Pope for a talk in the Oval Office.

Sex abuse victims have called for firm action from the Vatican, while at the same time the Pontiff did not outline any concrete steps, just urged bishops to give more guidance to priests.

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