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The average Spanish family

March 17th, 2010
05:25 PM ET

Is this a tipping point for the Vatican?

March 17th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

The head of the Irish Catholic Church, Cardinal Sean Brady, admitted Wednesday that the church's response to abuse had been "hopelessly inadequate."

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"The church must continue to deal with the enormity of the hurt caused by abuse of children by some clergy ... and the hopelessly inadequate response to that abuse in the past," Brady said Wednesday.

Church leaders must "own up to and take responsibility for any mismanagement or cover-up of child abuse," he said.

Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday he has finished writing his official statement, or pastoral letter, on the child abuse scandal facing the Catholic Church in Ireland.

He will sign the letter Friday and send it "soon after," Benedict told the faithful in an address on St. Patrick's Day.

"My hope is that it will help in the process of repentance, healing and renewal," he said.

Hundreds of allegations of sexual or physical abuse of children by Catholic clergy have come to light in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands this year.

As the Vatican deals with the crisis facing the Catholic Church, an increasing number of critics are wondering if it has already reached a tipping point.

We want to know what you think.

Are the latest allegations of child abuse going to be too much for the Vatican to handle? How will the church recover?

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Tuesday's Connector: Ricky Gervais

March 17th, 2010
03:01 PM ET

He's one of the funniest men in the world and his dry, English sense of humor has earned him a top rated television show and a number of blockbuster movies.

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Comedian Ricky Gervais first achieved mainstream fame with his hit television series "The Office" where he played the self-involved, socially incompetent manager of a small paper company.

The two seasons of "The Office" were a huge hit in the UK and the concept for the show eventually spread to other cities including France, Germany and the United States.

Gervais also found success in the cult classic "Extras" and subsequently won a Golden Globe for best television series in 2008.

Throughout this time, Gervais also continued his stand-up comedy routine and regularly had sold-out shows around the world.

The British comedian's movies have also earned hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office and his range of movies include "Ghost Town," "Stardust" and "The Invention of Lying."

Today, Gervais is promoting a new HBO series called "The Ricky Gervais Show" which is an animated television series based on his popular comedy podcasts.

Here's your chance to ask Ricky Gervais a question.

Please leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from. Tune in on Tuesday March 23 at 2100 GMT to watch the full interview.

Monday's Connector of the Day: Boy George

March 17th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

His outlandish costumes and androgynous image have helped make Boy George one of the most popular and recognizable music figures in the world.

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As part of the 80s group "Culture Club", Boy George had a wide range of number one hits including "Karma Chameleon" and "Do you Really Want to Hurt Me?".

After releasing four popular albums through the 80s, the group eventually disbanded after a number of controversies that included the death of the group's keyboardist as well as rumours of Boy George being addicted to drugs.

After his time with Culture Club, Boy George had a solo career through the 90s and had a number of hits, including the number one single "Everything I Own".

While Boy George had a successfull music career, he has struggled in the past with the law.

In January 2009, Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his assault and false imprisonment charge and ended up serving 5 months of the sentence.

From April, "Boy George Up Close and Personal: Live in Concert" sees George back on the road. To coincide with his tour, Boy George will release, on March 22nd, his first single of 2010 – "Amazing Grace".

Here's your chance to ask Boy George a question.

Do you want to know what his favorite song is? What was his time like in jail? Who would he love to work with today? Maybe you are dying to know what is with his selection of hats?

Please post your questions below and remember to include where you're writing from. Tune in on Monday at 2100 GMT to watch the full interview.