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How the clerical sex abuse crisis reached the top of the Catholic Church

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has been named by Munich investigators as a potential accessory to child abuse in a file made available to state prosecutors. It's after a law firm commissioned by the archdiocese of Munich and Freising to study its archives presented a report flagging 497 cases of clerical sexual abuse and 67 alleged perpetrators. The investigators highlighted four cases of abusing priests during the 94-year-old’s term as archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1982.

Derek Scally, The Irish Times Berlin correspondent, and author of The Best Catholics in the World: The Irish, the Church and the End of a Special Relationship, reports on the story.

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