Good for Pope Benedict XVI for recognizing that the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal is “born from the sin in the church.” Some church leaders have tried to blame the scandal on the media and enemies of the church. But Benedict said Tuesday that “the suffering of the church comes from inside the church, from sin that exists inside the church.” And he added: “The church has a profound need to relearn penance, to accept purification, to learn on the one hand forgiveness but also the necessity of justice.”
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