A man who says he was among some 200 deaf boys allegedly molested by a priest in Wisconsin said yesterday the Vatican's defensive responses to revelations about the case make him feel like he did when he was 12, when no one would listen to him about the abuse—while insisting the goal isn't to bring down the pope. "It's 2010. I'm not trying to hurt the pope," said Arthur Budzinski, 61. "The pope should do something. I'm just telling my story. That's all I'm doing."
Top Roman Catholic officials are rubbing salt "into the already deep wounds of those who have been victimized and disillusioned by the Catholic church" by criticizing those speaking out, said a rep for a survivor group. "It's ludicrous to claim that these hundreds of once-trusting, devout Catholics are somehow conspiring to hurt the world's most powerful religious figure," she said. (Read more Pope Benedict XVI stories.)