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Priest: 'Teenage victim... the seducer'

CNN's Deb Feyerick investigates controversial remarks that New York priest Benedict Groeschel gave to the National Catholic Register concerning pedophiles and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

In their statement, the Franciscan Friars say that Father Benedict never intended to excuse the abuse or implicate the victims.  They say in recent months his physical and mental health have been failing, and while its not an excuse it may suggest, they believe, why a man they consider so compassionate, could be so wrong.

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  1. dave

    there is something deeply disturbing going on within the church. if this were any other organization with this many cases, what would we do about it?

    September 4, 2012 at 10:34 am |