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A spokesman for Cardinal Danneels says he was naive to think he could help the family reach a reconciliation (Photo: CNS)

A spokesman for Cardinal Danneels says his remarks have been taken out of context

Gregory Erlandson and Matthew Bunson say Pope has confronted crisis directly

Auxiliary Bishops Raymond Field and Eamonn Walsh offered to resign last December

A high view of St Peter's square (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)

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Pope Benedict is the object of widespread calumnies

The priority is to start the fightback over child abuse

Vatican issues revised abuse norms

Mgr Charles Scicluna presents revisions to the media

To the outside world, the Vatican has lumped together child abuse and the ordination of women

There is a great deal of good in these new norms. If only the Vatican had issued two separate documents

Mgr Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's chief prosecutor for clerical sex abuse, left, and Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: AP/Andrew Medichini)

New norms also strengthen penalty for attempting to ordain women as clergy

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez (CNS photo/Reuters)

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Bishop of St Pölten promises justice for abused