Abuse survivor's message to the Vatican

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April 13, 2010, 7:30 pm
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(NECN) - Rev. James Scahill from western Massachusetts has been taking calls from news media all over the country because of a sermon he gave on Sunday, calling for Pope Benedict to step aside for the sake of healing, and to end the cycle of denial over sexual abuse by priests.

Bernie McDaid, a survivor of abuse who met with Pope Benedict in 2008 joins Jim Braude to discuss the issue.

McDaid describes the meeting with the Pope as "surreal", and thought real progress was going to be made.

"The apology to us meant they had to do something to follow up," McDaid said. "So our hope was that they going to do something more, and it never materialized."

McDaid says the problem will never go away until the Vatican reaches out to the victims first.

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