400 Priests Defrocked in 2 Years

    Pope Benedict XVI leads the mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for the Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on February 13, 2013 at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI made his first public appearance on Wednesday since his shock resignation announcement, asking thousands of cheering pilgrims at the Vatican to "keep praying for me".     AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS        (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS,GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)


    Pope Benedict XVI defrocked about 400 priests over the years 2011 and 2012 for molesting children, a new document obtained by the Associated Press has revealed. The document, the first to detail exactly how many priests have actually been defrocked, came from data that the Vatican had been accumulating ahead of a U.N. committee in Geneva this week. In the past, the Vatican had only come forward with the number of alleged sexual abuse cases that had been reported.

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