May 11th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Pope calls reality of sex abuse scandal 'terrifying'

Pope Benedict XVI made one of his strongest statements to date on the sex abuse scandal sweeping the Roman Catholic Church, saying Tuesday the reality he has seen is "terrifying."

And he distanced himself from criticism of the media by senior Vatican officials, saying the most important attacks on the church don't come from the outside, they come from the sins of the members of the church, CNN senior Vatican analyst John Allen said.

Benedict was speaking on his plane en route to Portugal, where he is making a four-day visit.

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  1. Bailey

    Talk is cheap. Do something about it then.

    May 11, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

      This deaf victim describes how Benedict XVI covered up seeexual abuses. Religious sheep should view this video themselves! @http://bit.ly/bKnWBn

      September 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

      Again, here's the link to this video http://bit.ly/bKnWBn

      September 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. silvia

    do agree with bailey

    May 11, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. melvin polatnick

    Purification of the church will be accomplished when a parent can leave their child on the lap of a priest without any fear of the little one being fondled. That day will soon arrive as the Pope works full time chasing the Devil from under the robes of his trusted servants.

    May 11, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

      You meant castration? Anything less would be temporary!

      September 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Todd

    Uh, melvin, "Chasing the Devil"?

    The Nazi Pope himself helped keep a child molestor from the authorities.

    It's time for the Vatican to be razed and the proceeds used to pay for treatment of the victims.

    The Catholic religion is so corrupted as to be worthy of being entirely dismantled.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

      You are right. The problem is sheep are sheep and ostrich ostrich.

      This deaf victim describes how Benedict XVI covered up s*xual abuses. Religious sheep should view this video themselves! http://bit.ly/bKnWBn

      September 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TwM

    Its terrifying because its getting closer and closer to the pope himself.
    Commenter 3 sorry but the Church as you know it is dying.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

      How much closer could it get?

      This deaf victim describes how Benedict XVI covered up s*xual abuses. Religious sheep should view this video themselves! http://bit.ly/bKnWBn

      Sheep are sheep; ostrich ostrich.

      September 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. carl

    Agree with Baily and the Pope is tainted and should resign

    May 11, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike in NJ

    Terrifying? OF COURSE IT IS!

    So, if it is so terrifying, where is the action? Why is it taking so long to address this? I get the feeling when he said "terrifying", he was simultaneously studying his nails to see if he could wait until Wednesday for a manicure.

    I thing the South Park episode directly addressing this issue (over a year ago!) got it right. This guy, and the upper echelons of the Catholic Church, really don't care at all about the people who this has affected, and really are most interested in preserving their political power.

    Full disclosure: I was raised Catholic and consider myself a Catholic in faith, who eschews any "religious" (ie, political) heriarchy.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

      The problem is the Vatican operates unfettered and with 100% impunity. It is protected by 1.5B sheep around the world.

      Now, you know why O.J. Simpson's family still insists on his innocence!

      September 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jessica

    Then this time get rid of the real perpetrators the pedophiles not the gay priests like you did last time. They are not the cause the pedophiles are!

    May 11, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    Of course, he is terrified that the public will find some of the things that he covered up.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    As a Roman Catholic I am ashamed for the church. We must look to bring the church and its policies into the 21st century and allow priest to once again wed and replace those that have brought darkness and have found refuge within the forgiveness of the church.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Oh Really? Really? Really? Do something about it. Allow Priest to marry a Woman or a Guy whatever they want!

    May 11, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. MartinSA

    ideology wise, it is a damned if you do and damned if you don't scenario. by removing priests that have committed a mortal sin such as child abuse, sought repentance, it opens the logic to denying people that have led extremely sinful lives from ever seeking repentence and forgiveness within the Church. For example: St. Augustine was a very vile person before he became the same person that wrote "The City of God". According to the current secular outcry, St. Augustine should never have anything to do with the Church. A more familiar conflict is the how modern infantry should be handled in the Church. They killed people and some actually do go on to become priests. In fact many of the Church's greatest names were soldiers. In establishing the standard of defrocking an individual for 1 crime, it is hypocritical to the core foundation of Catholic Doctrine for repentance and forgiveness.

    effectively, the expanded logic is child molesters are not worthy of redemption. If that's the base standard to deny forgiveness and God's mercy–then an individual that takes someone else's life is beyond redemption and forgiveness in the eyes of God.

    That's a real serious theological issue that is very much ignored.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. davec

    It's time to arrest the pope and charge him with aiding and abetting child molestation.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mufta

    Catholic church needs to be shut down. It has been a corrupt, fraudulent and criminal organization for the last 2010 years, starting with the Jesus fable! Mafia looks like an angel compared to the church. Time for it to go!

    May 11, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Martin

    The Pope is part of this horrific mess. Allowing those who preyed upon children to continue the crime elsewhere. What ever happened to being an accomplice? How much suffering and inhumanity will we allow the Church to perform on innocent people? The past haunts us, those innocent indiginous people of South America, the Inquisition, the Templar executions, the list goes on and on. What ever happened to the word of Christ? Where does the Church exhibit His love?

    May 11, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
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