VATICAN CITY (AP) - The pope on Sunday called the raids carried out by Belgian police investigating priestly sex abuse "deplorable" and asserted the right of the Catholic Church to investigate abuse alongside civil law enforcement authorities.Shame on the Church and the Pope. Punishment for worldly crimes belongs to Caesar. Il Papa should render up the criminals to the state authorities posthaste and see to their souls on his own time.
In his message to the bishops, Benedict stressed that justice must take its course.
But he also repeated that such crimes are handled by both civil and canon law "respecting their reciprocal specificity and autonomy."
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