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Clergy would do well to heed Bible

Published 05/01/2011 | 05:00

The old maxim "when in a hole stop digging" does not seem to have filtered through to the Vatican, which continues to issue derogatory statements which seem designed to cause controversy.

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The latest attempt by Pope Benedict XVI to apportion blame for the child sex abuse scandal could not have come at a more inopportune time for the Catholic Church.

People are leaving the church in droves in Benedict's native Germany. His assertion that "paedophilia was not considered a grave crime in the 1970s" was ill-advised.

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