I don't think that the case can be made that he didn't know, or that he didn't cover it up. So he seems both culpable and liable with me.
In fact, in some instances, based upon the circumstances, he could potentially even be charged as an accessory.
That only applies if the church only learned of Murphy's crimes through confession, which isn't the case.Yeah for the crap he did know about. Of course, he's still protected by the seal of confession, which is absolute and sacred even under US law. He can always invoke the seal and claim he was unable to report because of that.
He can call on the seal of confession to save his own ass and as long as Murphy doesn't argue, there's nothing that can be done about it.
Plus, I highly doubt anyone is willing to go into the Vatican to take the pope into custody.
There is nothing to suggest the men ever came in personal contact. Furthermore, evidence beyond confession would be available, which isn't covered under penitent-priest privilege.Do you know that to be a fact? Do you know that he didn't confess to Ratzinger before it came about?
It would easy enough to track the physical movements of both men, I doubt Ratzinger happened to be in Wisconsin during the time.He can call on the seal of confession to save his own ass and as long as Murphy doesn't argue, there's nothing that can be done about it.
I agree that the pope is untouchable, but that has little bearing on his guilt or innocence. He is hardly the most responsible clergyman anyways, those lower on the totem pole who had direct access to murphy should be the first to face trial.Plus, I highly doubt anyone is willing to go into the Vatican to take the pope into custody.
So much for the theory of the infalliability of el Popo in matters of the church. Well maybe it was in matters of faith.
It is time that the leaders of the Catholic Church grow some balls and kick out the pervert priests. Also it is time that the Roman CATHOLIC Church does what it's Eastern and Byzantine Catholic sibling churches do in Europe - allow priests to be married. In that way it will reduce tha homosexual pervert priests who must be 95 % of all the pervert priests in the Church. My God even the Orthodox are smart enough to let their priests marry.
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