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Pope Acknowledges Priest Molestation Scandal

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For the first time in his papacy Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against priest abuse. There has been a growing spotlight on the Vatican’s response to sexual molestation since the release of the recent documentary “Hear No Evil.”

“The wounds caused by such acts run deep,” Benedict said.

The Pope told the bishops that, as they continued to deal with the problem, “it is important to establish the truth of what happened in the past, to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent it from occurring again, to ensure that the principles of justice are fully respected and, above all, to bring healing to the victims and to all those affected by these egregious crimes.”

Pope Benedict acknowledged the great personal toll priest molestation has had on the Catholic church, its clerics and Catholics world-wide.

Over the past year, efforts have been underway in Los Angeles to resolve hundreds of sexual molestation claims against the Catholic Church. Some progress has been made recently in resolving claims with various orders, but progress in resolving cases with the Diocese of Los Angeles itself has been slow. At our firm, we are doing everything possible to bring relief and resolution to our clients’ claims.