Thursday, July 19, 2007

Cardinal Bertone comments on LA settlement

~from CWN

The $660-million legal settlement of sex-abuse cases against the Los Angeles archdiocese shows that the problem was "devastating in scale," the Vatican Secretary of State has said.

Speaking to reporters in Lorenzago di Cadore, Italy-- where he is staying with the vacationing Pope Benedict XVI Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone conceded that he was shocked by the number of priests involved in the sex-abuse scandal.

Nevertheless, he said that the problem must be kept in perspective, noting that while the absolute number of priests involved was alarming, the perpetrators represented only "a very small minority" of the Catholic clergy.

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