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... republican house leader john boehner has put out a paper statement denouncing some of these violent statements, but democrats want him to do more. they say republicans need to speak out to try to diffuse some of this anger. >> nancy, thank you. also on the hill this morning is the number two house democrat majority leader steny hoyer of maryland. good morning to you. >> good morning. good to be with you. >> how seriously are your colleagues taking these threats? >> i think they're taking them very seriously. as you heard, some of the threats are very serious and a threat of bodily harm to members. i think it's appropriate that each one of us take this seriously. whether we've had threats made against us or not, clearly the capital police and the fbi are taking them seriously and investigating. the bottom line is we need to be very careful in public life that our rhetoric does not turn to icitement of violence or violent acts. we have disagreements, sometimes strongly held beliefs differ, but at the core is that we to so severally and peacefully and resolve our definitedifferences democratic means. >> some republicans have played this down saying it comes with the territory when you make a controversial decision, this is par for the course. do you agree with that point? >> well, no, i don't think it's par for the course. we've had a lot of serious disagreements on tax bills, on war and peace, and other matters. and i haven't seen the level of, frankly, threats or anger or threatening of violent acts that i've seen recently. i think in part it's because the rhetoric that has been utilized with respect to this bill is far beyond i think legitimate debate. and people who are less constrained, less aware of the fact that debate can get hot, but it shouldn't get violent, but that they lead to a conclusion beyond what perhaps the speaker meant to imply. >> so what you would you like to see from the republican leadership in. >> i think it's not just the republican leadership. i think all of us in leadership need to make it very clear to the american public, very few of which i think are participating in such acts on either side, we need to make it very clear that that's unacceptable in a democracy. in a democracy, we debate, we hold feelings strongly, and then we vote. dick gephart used to say democracy is a suction tugs for war. and what he meant is we he roof solve things not at the point of a gun, but through civil democratic means to reach consensus. and if we don't do that, we will deinvolve into a society that we won't like. >> the senate has sent back these fixes to the bill that became law, sent them back to the house. will your colleagues approve these and when will it be on the president's desk? >> these are very technical rulings. the amendments that were offered have been rejected and i expect to get this bill back from the senate sometime later this afternoon and i would expect a couple of hours there after, we will have the bill on the floor for final passage and it will pass the house and be sent to the president. >> congressman steny hoyer, thank you so much. >>> now a bombshell report on the roman catholic sex abuse scandal. attorneys for a group of victims have released documents that show pope benedict and other top vatican officials knew about one abusive priest in milwaukee and did nothing. cbs news correspondent allen pizzey is in rome with the developing story. >> reporter: the newest abuse allegations come from documents in a lawsuit over a priest in wisconsin who abused between 150 and 200 children at a school for the deaf over a period of 24 years often during confession. they are being laid at the pete of pope benedict xvi almost literally. an organization staged a small it demonstration in front of st. peter's square this morning. >> we're here in st. peter's as survivors, all of us are members of s.n.a.p., and we were sexually abused as children. >> reporter: the section of the vatican that deals with such issues was headed at the time of the abuse by pope benedict, then known as cardinal joseph rat zinger. the victims charge that he initially did not respond to letters from the diocese in wisconsin and instead of dealing with the offender, the vatican fought efforts by bishops to ...