Papal letter fails to calm anger over Irish abuses

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the Paul VI hall for his weekly general audience at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is addressing Ireland on Saturday, March 19, 2010 in an unprecedented letter apologizing for chronic Catholic child abuse in this once-devout land. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)

March 20, 2010 4:40:05 PM PDT
Pope Benedict XVI's unprecedented letter to Ireland apologizing for chronic child abuse within the Catholic Church failed Saturday to calm the anger of many victims, who accused the Vatican of ducking its own responsibility in promoting a worldwide culture of cover-up.