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The worldwide scandal of pedophile priests has reached into the Vatican. Lay Catholics are asking the Pope himself to reveal what he knew, when he knew it and how he responded. We look at the details in the context of 2000 years of institutional history. Also, the Obama Administration clears way for expanded offshore drilling, and a committee of Parliament says the Special Relationship between Britain and the US is a thing of the past.

Banner image: Pope Benedict XVI attends Palm Sunday Mass on March 28, 2010 in Vatican City, Vatican. Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Making News Administration Clears Way for Expanded Offshore Drilling 7 MIN, 47 SEC

During his campaign for President, Democrat Barack Obama promised to protect America's coastlines. Republican opponent Sarah Palin chanted "Drill, baby, drill."  Today, President Obama proposed new federal leases for oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. Ben Geman writes "E2 Wire," the environment and energy blog of the Capitol newspaper, The Hill.

Ben Geman, National Journal (@Ben_Geman)

Main Topic Church Abuse Scandal Reaches Pope Benedict XVI 35 MIN, 53 SEC

Pope Benedict XVI is under increasing pressure to directly address the sex scandals rocking his church. Revelations of pedophilia by priests and cover-ups by Roman Catholic authorities began in the US in 1985. Since then, they've spread worldwide, and this week questions have been raised about the actions of the Pope when he was Archbishop of Munich. The latest reports in Europe are from Italy, where three men say they were abused as boys at a Catholic school for the deaf. Is it a smear campaign, as the Vatican claims, or is it time for the Pope himself to explain his own actions, in the interests of restoring his dwindling credibility?  

Rachel Donadio, Atlantic (@racheldonadio)
Joe Feuerherd, Publisher, National Catholic Reporter
Diane Knight, Chair, US Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Review Board
Jeff Anderson, Jeff Anderson & Associates
Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion, Princeton University

Reading Judas

Elaine Pagels and Karen King

Reporter's Notebook Is Britain's 'Special Relationship' with the US History? 7 MIN, 18 SEC

Since Winston Churchill persuaded Franklin Roosevelt to support Britain in World War II, the US and Britain have maintained "the Special Relationship." Now a committee of Parliament has recommended that it come to an end. Sir David Manning, who was Tony Blair's Ambassador to Washington during the Presidency of George W. Bush, recently told the committee that Barack Obama is "a Democrat who is not familiar with us," and recommended Britain use "sharp elbows" if it wants to be heard. Mary Dejevsky is chief editorial writer for The Independent of London.

Mary Dejevsky, The Independent (@marydejevsky)

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