April 19th, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Abuse scandal overshadows pope's 5th anniversary

For the fifth anniversary of Benedict XVI's papacy on Monday, the Vatican is expected to do everything it normally does to celebrate such milestones: the pope will lunch with dozens of Catholic cardinals from around the world and deliver remarks from his window above St. Peter's Square, while Vatican employees will receive an anniversary bonus in their paychecks.

But as the sex abuse scandal continues to embroil the Roman Catholic Church in more than a half-dozen countries across Europe - and with allegations being raised that the pope himself responded inadequately to abuse allegations before he began leading the church in 2005 - Benedict's anniversary celebration has been overshadowed by international scrutiny of his leadership.

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