The breach between the Vatican and Ireland grew even wider Monday when the Vatican recalled its Ambassador to Ireland, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza. Ray Suarez discusses the growing division over the handling of sexual-abuse claims with RTE's Richard Downes.
In an exclusive television interview, Margaret Warner spoke with Cardinal William Levada, a top Vatican official charged with handling the fallout of the church's sexual abuse scandal. Following is an extended transcript of their conversation.
In other news, a U.K. inquiry revealed that the U.S. focused on Iraq just hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the United Nations expressed frustration with Iran over its refusal to export its uranium for enrichment.
A report looks at international peacekeeping efforts in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited this week.
By PBS NewsHour
Some children in conflict and crisis zones are being sexually exploited by aid workers and peacekeepers, with much of the abuse going unreported and unpunished, the British non-profit group Save the Children said on Tuesday.
The Vatican on Friday rejected a new sexual abuse policy developed by U.S. bishops, saying elements of its zero-tolerance doctrine conflict with universal church laws and could threaten the rights of accused priests.
Responding to the hundreds of allegations of child sex abuse, U.S. Catholic bishops adopted a policy Friday that bars priests guilty of abuse from parish work, but stopped short of endorsing a "zero-tolerance" policy.
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