An independent abuse commission for the Vatican?

The Hartford Courant, the Conneticut newspaper published stories on sex abuse by reporters Jason Berry and the late Gerald Renner, has an editorial in this morning's edition: Catholic Church Must Own Up To Shame.

The gist of the piece is:

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To regain credibility, the church, all the way to Rome, must candidly acknowledge the extent of the worldwide scandal. It must discipline those who covered up abuse.

Pope Benedict XVI could take a big step toward greater transparency by appointing an independent commission with no ties to the Vatican to conduct an impartial investigation and propose specific steps to reach out to victims, many of whom feel abandoned by the church they trusted.

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