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    Vatican defends handling of Wisconsin priest

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    It seems that, despite the claims of some, that the Vatican did NOT know about this case until two decades after it happened.

    Two decades later, when the Vatican first heard about the case, the Congregation suggested the canonical trial that had been initiated against Murphy by his diocese in 1996 be suspended because he was dying, Levada wrote. Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, led the Congregation at the time.
    The diocese actually had a canon law trial pending on his death.

    In an article on his diocesan Web site, Brundage points out that because he had never received the instruction to suspend the trial, Murphy actually died as a defendant in a church criminal trial.
    While the article says diocesan officials took no action against him (other, presumably than change his mission which we already know about), the police didn't take any action either.

    In his article, dated March 26, Levada wrote that Murphy should have been defrocked in the 1960s and 70s for his "egregious criminal behavior." But he noted that when accusations first arose in the 1960s and 70s, police and diocesan officials took no action against Murphy.
    Seems to me that some people using this case to attack the Vatican is little more than a witch hunt and is really a lot to do about nothing.
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    Re: Vatican defends handling of Wisconsin priest

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
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    It seems that, despite the claims of some, that the Vatican did NOT know about this case until two decades after it happened.



    The diocese actually had a canon law trial pending on his death.



    While the article says diocesan officials took no action against him (other, presumably than change his mission which we already know about), the police didn't take any action either.



    Seems to me that some people using this case to attack the Vatican is little more than a witch hunt and is really a lot to do about nothing.
    From your article:
    Levada did not mention that a letter the former Cardinal Ratzinger sent to bishops in 2001 explaining the new policies, noting that "Cases of this kind are subject to the pontifical secret."
    Oh yeah, I'm sure the current pope is being wrongly attacked. Sorry, I don't buy this BS asserted by Levada.

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    Re: Vatican defends handling of Wisconsin priest

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    From your article:

    Oh yeah, I'm sure the current pope is being wrongly attacked. Sorry, I don't buy this BS asserted by Levada.
    1. This case was from the 90s and the Vatican didn't know about it until the man was already dying.

    2. You have no evidence for any of your assertions.
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    Re: Vatican defends handling of Wisconsin priest

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    1. This case was from the 90s and the Vatican didn't know about it until the man was already dying.

    2. You have no evidence for any of your assertions.
    Oh, and you have evidence for your assertions?

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    Re: Vatican defends handling of Wisconsin priest

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    Oh, and you have evidence for your assertions?
    Well if the Vatican say so it must be true

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    Re: Vatican defends handling of Wisconsin priest

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Well if the Vatican say so it must be true
    I'd love to see the evidence of the so-called "witch hunt."

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    Re: Vatican defends handling of Wisconsin priest

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    I'd love to see the evidence of the so-called "witch hunt."
    Already presented... now, where is your evidence that the Vatican knew about this priest's behavior before the 1990s?
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    Re: Vatican defends handling of Wisconsin priest

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Already presented... now, where is your evidence that the Vatican knew about this priest's behavior before the 1990s?
    Can you provide my post where I said that the Vatican knew about this before the 1990's? I don't recall making that allegation.

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    Re: Vatican defends handling of Wisconsin priest

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Well if the Vatican say so it must be true
    And if a reporter says so it must be true, right? Where or who do we start believing? Based on your logic, no one can be trusted.
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    Re: Vatican defends handling of Wisconsin priest

    WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE - Should the Pope resign over the Vatican's handling of a Milwaukee clergy sex abuse case? A Marquette University Professor says yes.

    Did Milwaukee County's Former District Attorney know about the abuse and fail to prosecute? Some victims say yes.

    Only a day after Archbishop Jerome Listecki addressed the scandal, the conversation heats up.

    Marquette Professor Daniel Maguire is a former priest and he is calling for the Pope's resignation. "A cover up is a cover up is a cover up. This Pope was advised as the information was available to the Vatican in the 1970's."


    Former Milwaukee Priest Lawrence Murphy sexually abused 200 deaf boys from 1950-1974, but was never removed from the priesthood before his death in 1998.

    Meanwhile abuse victims are criticizing Milwaukee County's Former District Attorney, saying documents prove his office knew of the abuse before the statute of limitations expired. SNAP director Peter Isely says, "The church and him shared a common understanding that priests don't get prosecuted."

    Former Milwaukee County DA E. Michael McCann says he wishes he could have prosecuted Murphy, but his hands were tied. "Yeah, I wish we could've of course. But I don't set the statue of limitations."

    The Judicial Vicar of the Milwaukee Archdiocese at the time of this case says he doubts that the Pope knew specifically about the Father Murphy case.

    Catholic Abuse: Former Milwaukee priest calls for Pope's resignation - WITI
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