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The Catholic Church is continuing to deal with allegations that members of its clergy were involved in child abuse cases stretching back nearly 20 years.
Hundreds of allegations of abuse of children by Catholic clergy have come to light in places like Germany, Austria and the Netherlands so far this year.
Ireland has also been badly shaken by widespread reports of child abuse, physical and sexual, by Catholic clergy going back at least seven decades.
In Norway, a former Catholic bishop admitted sexually abusing a minor 20 years ago.
The allegations of abuse have deeply shaken Roman Catholic communities on nearly every continent.
As the Vatican continues to deal with the onslaught of claims, media reports indicated that some senior cardinals believed the entire scandal was a politically motivated one.
Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, told the Vatican's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano that ""the Pope embodies moral truths that aren't accepted, and the shortcomings and errors of priests are being used as weapons against the church."
"It's not a bishop's fault if one of his priests is stained by grave wrongdoing. And certainly the pontiff is not responsible."
We'd like to know what you think.
Do you believe responsibility should not fall with the pope? Are people using the scandal to destabilize the Pope?
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