Patt Morrison for March 31, 2010

Vatican launches a defense as the Catholic Church is in turmoil over growing sex abuse scandal

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The Catholic Church faces more fallout from the sex-abuse scandal

As Catholics around the globe watch, the Vatican was dragged deeper than ever into the clerical sex abuse scandal as it launched a legal defense aimed at protecting the Pope from a lawsuit brought in the United States which seeks to have him answer attorney’s questions under oath. Coming in the midst of growing controversy and turmoil over allegations of sexual abuse and scrutiny of Pope Benedict’s handling of abuse cases when he was archbishop of Munich, Catholics are torn in their response. Will the faithful turn their backs on the Church? Some say “yes” – some say “no.”

Guests:

John Allen, Senior Correspondent of the National Catholic Reporter and author of Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church

Nick Mazza, secretary of Voice of the Faithful, a lay organization of faithful Catholics, who organized in 2002 as a response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church.

Joelle Casteix, Southwest Regional Director of The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests


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