March 26th, 2010
03:48 PM ET

Clerics regret abuse; Vatican denounces report

Top Catholic clerics from France and Britain expressed shame, anger and regret Friday over a widening abuse scandal in the church that has reached Pope Benedict XVI's doorstep.

At the same time, the Vatican and Benedict's former German diocese strongly denied a newspaper report that said the pope was aware that a priest later convicted of molesting boys was returning to pastoral work.

(Pictured above: U.S. group SNAP [Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests] protests in front of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Friday.)

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