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Pope: Catholic Church mishandled sex scandal

Pope Benedict XVI told the men who lead the U.S. Catholic Church that it's their responsibility "to bind up the wounds caused by every breach of trust" involving the children who were sexually abused by their priests, and he acknowledged that the...

Pope Benedict XVI told the men who lead the U.S. Catholic Church that it's their responsibility "to bind up the wounds caused by every breach of trust" involving the children who were sexually abused by their priests, and he acknowledged that the scandal had been badly handled.

"Many of you have spoken to me of the enormous pain that your communities have suffered when clerics have betrayed their priestly obligations and duties by such gravely immoral behavior," the pope said in an address to the nation's bishops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

The morose topic was a stark contrast to how he started the day, in an upbeat, joyous welcome ceremony and birthday party on the South Lawn of the White House with President Bush and an estimated 13,500 other guests.

His U.S. visit ends Sunday.

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