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Vatican fast-tracks pedophile priest probe

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – The Vatican on Thursday issued new rules on the handling of abuse cases amid a worldwide scandal, ordering quicker investigations of paedophile priests and extending the statute of limitations. Announcing the measures in a bid to fend off accusations of high-level complacency, the Church also classified…

NYT: Pope Benedict tied to coverup of predator priest molestation of 200 deaf boys

How can the Pope extricate himself from this evil? There’s nothing else to call it. The New York Times has extensive coverage and — there’s a document trail a mile long. Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as…