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March 20th, 2010
05:04 PM ET

'Ashamed to be Irish': Abuse angers nation

Ireland, one of the most Catholic countries in the world, has been left reeling by revelations of widespread child abuse by priests, nuns and officials in church-run institutions. From the streets of the capital Dublin to small towns such as Rathdrum, there is anger at church officials, up to and including the pope.

"They should definitely offer something to all those people who were affected, counseling or something, but it's not what I expect, no," said Moira O'Hara, 59, of Rathdrum, County Wicklow (above). "I'm so thoroughly disgusted with everything that has come out. I sort of feel ashamed to be Irish."

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March 20th, 2010
05:04 PM ET

Pope says 'sorry' for Irish church abuse

Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday he is "truly sorry" for the abuse suffered by victims at the hands of Catholic priests in Ireland.

The pope directly addressed the church abuse crisis that has rocked the Irish Catholic Church in an 18-page letter, which was made public Saturday. It is expected to be read in churches across Ireland on Sunday.

"I have been deeply disturbed by the information which has come to light regarding the abuse of children and vulnerable young people by members of the church in Ireland, particularly by priests and religious," the pope wrote.

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March 20th, 2010
04:02 PM ET

Doctor: Church ignored warnings about molester

The archdiocese headed by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - who is now the pope - ignored warnings in the 1980s to keep a molester in its ranks away from children, the doctor who issued those warnings said Friday.

Werner Huth, a psychoanalyst, told CNN that he specifically demanded the priest never be allowed to interact with kids again. But instead, Huth said, the church allowed the priest to return to work and even deal with children.

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