As Catholics around the world prepare to mark Easter weekend, the growing sexual abuse scandal is giving rise to anger and disappointment among many of the church's faithful.

Since the release of a series of government reports detailing abuses in Ireland's Catholic institutions last year a flood of victims from across Europe has come forward. 

With questions about a possible church cover-up growing, the scandal could touch Pope Benedict.

Accusations center on the Pontiff's previous role as archbishop of Munich and what he may have known about a priest, under treatment for paedophilia, being returned to pastoral work.


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That same priest was later convicted of molesting boys in another parish.

On Thursday, Riz speaks with Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League who has accused the media of "going for the Vatican jugular" in the latest scandal.

Abuse survivor David Clohessy, who serves as executive director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), will also join the programme. Clohessy argues that the Catholic church, and Pope Benedict specifically, should be much more transparent in dealing with the sexual abuse scandal.    

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Source: Al Jazeera