"I can understand that in the face of such reports, people, especially those close to victims, would say 'this isn't my Church anymore.'"
- POPE BENEDICT XVIacknowledging that displeasure with the Catholic Church's handling of child sex abuse by clergy is a reason why a record 181,000 German Catholics officially quit the Church last year, before his first official visit to Germany, his home country
"It is scandalous, the price. It discredits the church."
- EUBILIO RODRÍGUEZa Spanish reverend, lamenting the fact that the Roman Catholic Church spent $72 million on Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Madrid; tax dollars are also funding the celebration, despite the country's debt crisis and rising unemployment rate
"They're praying to St. Anthony for the return of his own object."
- JOSE MAGANAreverend of a Catholic church in Long Beach, Calif., where a 780-year-old religious relic belonging to St. Anthony was stolen; Anthony is, the AP notes, "the patron saint of lost causes and missing objects"
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