Attacks on Pope Benedict and the Catholic Church over a sexual abuse scandal are comparable to the most shameful anti-Semitism, the pontiff’s personal preacher told a Vatican Good Friday service.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, a Franciscan whose title is Preacher of the Pontifical Household, drew the parallel during a Passion of the Lord service in St. Peter’s Basilica on the day Christians commemorate the death of Jesus by crucifixion.
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