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Number of priests defrocked by Vatican falls

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 - 01:18

Jan. 19 - Number of clerics defrocked by the Catholic Church is likely to have fallen, analyst says. Gavino Garay reports.

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The number of clerics defrocked by the Catholic church is down. The news comes just days after a U.N. panel grilled Vatican officials for hours, demanding more transparency on the full scope of child sex abuse within the church... Reuters Vatican Correspondent Philip Pullella: (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS VATICAN CORRESPONDENT, PHILIP PULLELLA, SAYING: "Recent Vatican statistics which have been published in annual Vatican yearbooks show that the peak was at about 250, 260 in 2011 and then since then it has begun to go down to about 125 the year after that." Visitors here at the Vatican welcomed the news. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) VATICAN VISITOR, ANGELO BRUNO, SAYING: "If the news is correct, I believe the Church has done their duty and It is right, more than right." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) VATICAN VISITOR, MILOVACK MILO, SAYING: "I believe that the Church has understood that they cannot go forward like this. I think with this new era of Francis, and maybe a bit with Ratzinger, they are taking fresh initiatives because it is too much to put up with." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLISH TOURIST ,MARY SELBY, SAYING: "What do I hope? I hope that it never happens again, but that's life, isn't it? It does happen, very, very sadly." Pope Francis has called the decades-long child sex abuse scandal "the shame of the Church."

Number of priests defrocked by Vatican falls

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 - 01:18

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