From The Associated Press:
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI says in a new document that protections built into the Vatican’s legal protections worked in favor of clergy accused of sex abuse to the point of making a conviction “nearly impossible” in past decades.
Corriere della Sera on Thursday quoted from the 18-page document titled “The Church and the sex abuse scandal,” which was published by the German monthly Klerusblatt. The diocesan association was unable to provide a copy of the original text. Benedict wrote that during the 1980s and 1990s, “the right to a defense was so broad as to make a conviction nearly impossible.”
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