Progressive Catholics and theologians in the US and Europe say the Vatican's model of a priest is outdated. The global sexual abuse scandal has sharpened the church's inner struggle over how to reform that model.
Pope Benedict XVI promised in Rome today that the Vatican will take 'action' against sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, while the Vatican press office issued a statement saying abusers would be brought to justice.
Investigations into charges of sexual and physical abuse of children by German Catholic priests are getting under way, and involve a choir run by Pope Benedict's brother. Did the pontiff know about the allegations when he was a bishop in his home country? "We do not know," a German Catholic church spokesman said.