Quotes: Pope Benedict XVI On Church’s Scandal

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Pope Benedict XVI, right, is greeted by Portugal President Anibal Cavaco Silva and by President wife Maria upon his arrival at Portela airport, in Lisbon, Tuesday, May 11, 2010, on the occasion of his four day visit to Portugal. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

“The church needs to profoundly relearn penitence, accept purification, learn forgiveness but also justice.”

— POPE BENEDICT XVI, responding to reporter questions about the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal, aboard the papal plane Tuesday.