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JAN 18, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Vatican defrocked hundreds of priests for abuse scandals

The Vatican revealed Saturday that some 400 priests were defrocked during two years of the pontificate of now pope emeritus Benedict XVI for child sex abuse crimes, following an explosion in reported cases. Some were as a result of a disciplinary procedures, others made a request," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told AFP. Scores more were defrocked in the preceding years, after Benedict XVI, the Vatican's former chief doctrine enforcer, was elected in 2005 to replace John Paul II. "The pope must start defrocking clerics who cover up sex crimes, not just clerics who commit ... Read More

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