Pope defrocked 384 in 2 years

Benedict’s tally of ousters for child sex abuse took jump

Posted: January 18, 2014 at 3:57 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI increased defrockings for child sexual abuse beginning in 2011, Vatican statistics show.

A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests in just two years for sexually molesting children.

An image shows part of an internal Vatican document the Vatican’s U.N. ambassador, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, used in Geneva during Thursday’s hearing...

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