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April 5th, 2010
01:54 PM ET

Martin: Purge clergy who allowed sex abuse

Defense of abuse in the church is coming from the top, including the Pope's personal preacher, says Martin.

Defense of abuse in the church is coming from the top, including the Pope's personal preacher, says Martin.

Roland S. Martin
CNN Political Analyst

"If it would just go away."

That could be the new motto of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, a plea for an end to the constant drumbeat of stories related to years and years of sexual abuse against boys by priests.

And I'm sure that same statement is uttered daily by those same boys, now men, who desire to have the thoughts, memories and raw feelings of being sexually abused by priests in the United States, Europe and other countries go away as well.

But it won't. And just like the boys and men have to deal with the fallout from this criminal behavior - yes, sexually assaulting a minor should have sent these pathetic men to prison - so must the church.

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