Catholics head into Holy Week amid scandal

Pope Benedict XVI made no direct remarks to the latest child sex abuse scandal in his Palm Sunday Mass.

This year, the most solemn week on the Catholic Church's liturgical calendar has been stained by a clerical abuse scandal that has spread to Benedict's native Germany. The Vatican has defended the pope's handling of sex abuse cases both when he was archbishop of Munich and when he headed the Vatican's doctrinal office as a cardinal.

Protestors at Sunday's address called for the Pope's resignation for failing to react to the claims.

People around the state are reminded of the abuse scandals that rocked New Jersey after ex-priest James Hanley of Paterson was accused of child sex abuse. Hanley was not charged, but several victims shared a $5 million settlement against the Paterson Diocese.

AP wires contributed to this report

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