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June 10th, 2010
06:29 AM ET

How should the pope address sex abuse scandal?

Thousands of priests from around the globe have gathered in Rome this week to mark the end of the Vatican's Year for Priests, and Pope Benedict XVI is expected to address the church sex abuse scandal during the event.

We've asked five crisis communication experts to give their advice on how the pope should handle the issue.

- Associate Producer

Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Fred Wright

    The entire church is corrupt and this bull just proves it even more, the pope and the entire catholic religion should be burned down. They have been allowing this to happen for too long. Feed them to the lions and feast on their flesh as they beg for mercy, and send the rest to the gallows! And the gov't and the law is not going to help if they are corrupt as well.

    September 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  2. JG in NY

    What should the pope do?
    1. Apologize.
    2. Resign.
    3. Stand trial.
    4. Rot.

    September 23, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  3. az

    Maybe the children deserved it. Hehe 😉

    June 10, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  4. ZRab

    How should the Pope handle it? By RESIGNING!

    June 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  5. Kurt

    End the church. Period. No crisis.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  6. Craig

    If he has the world of god and is infallible that must mean that god likes to molest children that can be the only answer for a catholic so you should all follow your leaders example and then you wont be able to ignore it anymore.

    June 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  7. Ridgeling

    the offending priests should be castrated for misuse of trust. children need to feel secure near a priest not be fearful of this trash going on.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  8. jake

    "the Vatican needs to stop protecting...."

    I don't know what else it can do. The pope has already asked bishops to insitute a zero tolerance policy (as the US Catholic church has) and to cooperate with the local authorities when abuse cases surface. What else can he do? Would that other organizations, secular and religious, did the same! I suggest you read John Allen or watch him on C-Span the next time he appears.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  9. jake

    The pope shoudl be arrested and thrown in jail...."

    Yes, like Sts Peter and Paul!!!! Jail would only make Benedict holier than he is now. Both of Peter and Paul were thrown in jail and were later matryed. Napoleon also arrested a pope. A Turk tried to kill Pope John Paul II so I would be surprised that someone like you, Bruce B., would try to kill Benedict. There are posts of hatred that stab and raise no cry of murder.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  10. Bruce B.

    The pope should be arrested and thrown in jail, as should every Bishop and other figure of authority in the organization that knew about these pervert priests and did nothing, or worse, moved them to another parish where they had fresh, unsuspecting children to abuse. I'm from Los Angeles, and the recently retired Cardinal Mahoney should be in a cell for his part in the coverup in this city.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  11. Joe Goebbels

    Abolishing all religion would be even better. I'd rather start with Islam than Catholicism, but you can't always have your way. The Church is in big trouble anyway...the only converts they're getting now are hungry uneducated 3rd worlders, who will promise allegiance to anything if it means getting a meal to eat.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  12. v moloy

    These men have comitted crimes and these crimes should be prosecuted. They need to go through the legal system of the country in which they occurred. The vatican needs to stop protecting these men and let justice be served for their victims.

    June 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  13. MIchael Thompson

    Once it has been proven that a priest, or anyone else, has abused a child, they should be very publicly humiliated and made a spectacle of, then suffer the worst slow PUBLIC death that can be imagined. They aren't human and "common decency" shouldn't even be considered. Our courts, AND the Catholic Church, will mull this to death and "talk" until they are blind and waste our money dragging this on forever. THAT is a crime in itself!

    June 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
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