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Pope accused of failing to act on sex abuse case

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Pope Benedict XVI has been accused of failing to act, before he became pontiff, against a US priest who allegedly abused 200 deaf boys.

As a cardinal heading the Vatican office that dealt with sex abuse cases, the future pontiff allegedly failed to respond to letters about the case.

The Vatican said US civil authorities had investigated and dropped the case.

Matthew Price reports.

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