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SAfrican cardinal apologises for remarks on paedophilia

A South African cardinal apologised to sex abuse victims on Monday for describing paedophilia as an illness and not a crime in an interview. "I apologise to victims of child abuse offended by my misstatement of what was and still is my concern about all abused, including abused abuser," Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Archbishop of Durban, said on Twitter after his interview Saturday to the BBC. "I believe that every dictionary consulted confirms paedophilia is a medical condition. What is a crime is the sexual abuse of children," he said.

Francis has 'duty' to end sex abuse: victims

Clergy sexual abuse victims urged newly-elected Pope Francis to reform the Catholic Church and declare "zero tolerance" for sex crimes as his first official act. "St. Francis was the greatest reformer in the history of the church, Pope Francis must do the same," the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said in a statement. Jorge Bergoglio, the first pope from the Americas, chose his papal name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, an Italian Catholic friar and preacher known for stressing humility.

UPDATE 1-German minister raps Catholic bishops over abuse study

* Minister backs researcher over Church sex abuse study * Questions Church's commitment to independent investigation of abuse (Edits, adds quotes) By Alexandra Hudson BERLIN, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Germany's justice minister said on Thursday the country's Roman Catholic Church appeared to be shrinking from independent scrutiny after bishops sacked a top criminologist they had hired to investigate clerical sexual abuse.
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