Friday, April 9, 2010

AP: Future Pope Stalled Pedophile Case

April 9, 2010 on AP:
The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including "the good of the universal church," according to a 1985 letter bearing his signature.

The correspondence, obtained by The Associated Press, is the strongest challenge yet to the Vatican's insistence that Benedict played no role in blocking the removal of pedophile priests during his years as head of the Catholic Church's doctrinal watchdog office.

The letter, signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was typed in Latin and is part of years of correspondence between the diocese of Oakland and the Vatican about the proposed defrocking of the Rev. Stephen Kiesle, who pleaded no contest to misdemeanors involving child molestation in 1978.
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  1. Excellent research. Bring that hammer down!

  2. Good find.  I share your outrage

  3. "Take good paternal care of this priest" ...

    WTF - mind you, we are seeing now what the "paternal care" of the RC church can really mean!

  4. The true purpose of the Catholic Church in the world is being revealed.

  5. Some bullet points about the California case with which APs and others continue to try to smear Pope Benedict. (Source:
    At the time, the <span>CDF</span> did not have competence in the cases of clerical pedophilia.The case before the <span>CDF</span> concerned a request by a priest for a dispensation from the obligations of the clerical state
    It was not a punitive case or an appeal about a sanction.
    The request was submitted by the priest and not the priest’s diocese of Oakland.The <span>CDF</span> did not grant immediate dispensations to men who were not at least 40 years old.Once the <span>CDF</span> studied the case and the priest reached 40 years of age, the dispensation was granted.
    There was no cover up.If the Diocese of Oakland was pressing the Holy See to dispense this man so quickly, why did that same Diocese of Oakland permit the suspended priest to work as a volunteer with young people? The Holy See had nothing to do with that.The AP and now all other <span>MSM</span> outlets who without hesitation or verification pick up the AP’s sloppy work, never bother to do background and ask basic questions about procedures and timing.  They fail in the basics of curiosity, much less journalistic professionalism.