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In his recent interview with PBS Newshour, Cardinal William Levada indicated that Pope Benedict will be issuing a formal apology to clergy abuse victims in June, at the end of his — unfortunately timed, given the global pedophilia revelations — “year of the priest.”

Levada himself has been criticized for how he handled clergy abuse cases, back when he was Archbishop of Portland (which had to file for bankruptcy due to the lawsuits) and then Archbishop of San Francisco. He now heads the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faithful, Benedict’s position when he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. 

For more on this story, check out Ruth Gledhill’s column in The Times of London.

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