Profile: The Vatican's watchdog
BBC News - Profile: The Vatican's watchdog
Quote from article(As the Vatican watchdog responsible for tackling sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) faces serious questions about its work, particularly during the years when it was headed by the current Pope.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as he was known before being elected Pope Benedict XVI, came to the office in 1981 and led it for nearly a quarter of a century.)
He led this office for 25 years and apparently was unable to find priests who molested young children in all that time.
Quote from article(In the Wisconsin case, the priest accused of abusing up to 200 pupils at a school for deaf children wrote directly to Cardinal Ratzinger, saying he had repented and asking to be left alone. No response has been found but Church proceedings against Fr Lawrence Murphy were halted. )
No response found, BUT Church proceedings against this pedophile were halted.
And why not? after all he had (so he said) repented. (shaking my head in disbelief).
I believe the biggest problem is this Church believing it and it's members are above the law of the land.
One might to some extent accept that this Pope received more than a grounding in immoral behaviour as a child in the Hitler Youth, but as he in his own words voluntarily left that particular organization, one could have supposed that he had a changed moral outlook, apparently not.
Quote(In a recent article in the US National Catholic Reporter , Church affairs analyst John Allen argues that the CDF underwent a revolution in 2001 when Cardinal Ratzinger subjected all sexual abuse allegations against priests to the authority of his office. )