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    Pope failed to defrock U.S. sex abuse priest

    NYT: Pope failed to defrock sex abuse priest - The New York Times- msnbc.com

    Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church, according to church files newly unearthed as part of a lawsuit.

    The internal correspondence from bishops in Wisconsin directly to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, shows that while church officials tussled over whether the priest should be dismissed, their highest priority was protecting the church from scandal.

    The documents emerge as Pope Benedict is facing other accusations that he and direct subordinates often did not alert civilian authorities or discipline priests involved in sexual abuse when he served as an archbishop in Germany and as the Vatican’s chief doctrinal enforcer.
    Can Ratzinger save himself, or do you think that he should resign?

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    Re: Pope failed to defrock U.S. sex abuse priest

    i'm sure that theres a defrocked joke in there somewhere

    but this is disgusting, ratzinger should definetly resign, maybe they should just castrate priests, amd nip this in the bud, so to speak
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    Re: Pope failed to defrock U.S. sex abuse priest

    Yes, he should resign. My gosh, he has no morals. How could he sleep at night knowing his priest had committed these acts?

    Should I be ashamed of myself for enjoying the bad publicity the Catholic church is receiving? :3oops Their handing of this whole mess has been shameful.
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    Re: Pope failed to defrock U.S. sex abuse priest

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    Yes, he should resign. My gosh, he has no morals. How could he sleep at night knowing his priest had committed these acts?

    Should I be ashamed of myself for enjoying the bad publicity the Catholic church is receiving? :3oops. Their handing of this whole mess has been shameful.
    1 priest, 200 victims. AMAZING. How can he look himself in the mirror and not want to shoot himself in the head?

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    Re: Pope failed to defrock U.S. sex abuse priest

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    1 priest, 200 victims. AMAZING. How can he look himself in the mirror and not want to shoot himself in the head?
    I have no idea. I am incredulous.

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    Re: Pope failed to defrock U.S. sex abuse priest

    As bad as Cardinal Ratzinger actions were, the fact that this Cardinal Bertone personally wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger and told them not to take any action against Father Murphy.

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    Re: Pope failed to defrock U.S. sex abuse priest

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    As bad as Cardinal Ratzinger actions were, the fact that this Cardinal Bertone personally wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger and told them not to take any action against Father Murphy.
    No.

    From the article:

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    But Cardinal Bertone halted the process after Father Murphy personally wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger protesting that he should not be put on trial because he had already repented and was in poor health and that the case was beyond the church’s own statute of limitations.

    “I simply want to live out the time that I have left in the dignity of my priesthood,” Father Murphy wrote near the end of his life to Cardinal Ratzinger. “I ask your kind assistance in this matter.” The files contain no response from Cardinal Ratzinger.
    Please don't tell me that Cardinal Ratzinger wasn't aware.

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    Re: Pope failed to defrock U.S. sex abuse priest

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    No.

    From the article:



    Please don't tell me that Cardinal Ratzinger wasn't aware.
    Oh haha wow I suck at reading today. No I wasn't saying Cardinal Ratzinger wasn't aware and it truly is sickening.

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    Re: Pope failed to defrock U.S. sex abuse priest

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    i'm sure that theres a defrocked joke in there somewhere

    but this is disgusting, ratzinger should definetly resign, maybe they should just castrate priests, amd nip this in the bud, so to speak
    You can't resign as Pope and you can't be removed from office as pope. The ordination of a new pope is considered to be divinely inspired and therefore perfect and infallible. The pope has to die to leave office. I hope he rots in hell for staining the throne of Peter.

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    Re: Pope failed to defrock U.S. sex abuse priest

    This needs to stop. Repeatably covering up incredible numbers of felonies is simply unacceptable. The Church is lucky that it has such social power to avoid prosecution for its actions.

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