Re: We need a young pope to tackle the nest of vipers in the Curia
- From: Alan Ferris <hairy.ferrit@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 17:54:51 +0100
On Tue, 29 May 2012 07:26:19 -0500, duke <duckgumbo32@xxxxxxx> wrote:
This evening's BBC News America had a story about Pope Benedict--he is
too old and does not have the capacity to tackle the latest scandals
caused by the nest of vipers in the Curia.
Yet he is the very Cardinal that did so much to clean the house.
1981 ? Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) becomes
prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the
Vatican's watchdog agency for faith and morals, including the
investigation of serious crimes.
1985 ? Ratzinger wrote to the bishop saying that the removal of a
priest required very careful review and would take more time. Writing
in Latin, the future pope told Cummins that any decision regarding
Kiesle must take into account "the good of the universal church," and
the "detriment that granting the dispensation can provoke within the
community of Christ's faithful?." It was two more years before
Kiesle was finally defrocked. In 2004, he pleaded no contest to a
felony charge of molesting a young girl in 1995. He was sentenced to
six years in prison for the crime.
1996 ? Milwaukee's archbishop writes to Cardinal Ratzinger calling for
canonical trials for two priests in his diocese who are accused of
sexual abuse, including Murphy. He receives no response. Over the next
two years, Wisconsin bishops will press for Murphy's dismissal but
receive no encouragement from the Vatican.
1997 ? Maciel is charged with sexually abusing seminarians and boys in
his care. Ratzinger orders the investigation closed.
2006 ? A reopened Vatican investigation finds Maciel guilty of
multiple acts of sexual abuse of minors. He is not defrocked but is
ordered by Pope Benedict to stop his public ministry and adopt a "life
of prayer and penitence."
2010 ? Long-simmering allegations of priest sexual abuse come to the
fore in Germany, Brazil and Ireland. One case alleges that when Pope
Benedict was archbishop of Munich in the early 1980s, he approved the
transfer of a priest who was accused of molesting boys. After
then-Cardinal Ratzinger's departure, the priest was allowed to resume
pastoral work, where he continued the pattern of abuse. A Vatican
spokesman says the pope was not responsible for the priest's
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