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According to an official letter issued by the Vatican in 1997, the Holy See issued a warning to higher-ups in the Irish Catholic Church, strongly suggesting that they keep reports of child abuse by clergy members from outside authorities or they could face "embarrassing" consequences.

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While jobs may be scarce in most parts of the country, look out for a boom in the exorcism sector. A shortage in the number of clergy who can perform the rite has led the U.S. Catholic Church to hold a training session in the sacred art of purging spirits from the possessed.

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By virtue of his past and present vaunted positions in the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has certainly had to deal with the ramifications of the wide-ranging sex abuse scandal that's still rocking the Vatican But now the pontiff has actually been named (continued).

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The Vatican is finally getting the message that it needs to get with the program in terms of addressing widespread reports of sex abuse by Catholic clergy members, with the Holy See releasing a new set of rules designed to speed up and step up the process.

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Pope Benedict XVI hasn't exactly won the hearts and minds of Americans in recent weeks, according to the results of a CNN/Opinion Research Corp survey released Friday, which showed the wear and tear of the ongoing clergy sex scandal on the pope's public standing (continued) .

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