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An English cardinal has told an inquiry into child abuse of his shock at learning that a vicar general of his former archdiocese tried to help two pedophile priests escape to the United States.
The second of the English groups to address the abuse crisis said the scandal "has undermined the work of the Church in practically every way, precisely because it has compromised our credibility."
An English cardinal prayed for the forgiveness of bishops who had brought "the face of evil" into the Catholic Church by allowing or carrying out acts of abuse.
Among those that have followed the decadeslong clergy sex abuse crisis, some speculate that we may be entering a new phase, where authorities display less hesitancy in holding church leaders to account.