Future Pope Got Memo on Pedophile Priest
Church claimed deputy was responsible in German abuse case
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2010 10:00 PM CDT
Updated Mar 26, 2010 5:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – Joseph Ratzinger, who now heads the Roman Catholic church as Pope Benedict XVI, was told in a 1980 memo that a pedophile priest would return to pastoral work in Germany—and, as archbishop of Munich, Ratzinger approved the decision that allowed the Rev. Peter Hullermann not only back into the community but to avoid prosecution, the New York Times reports.

The archdiocese said earlier this month that a Ratzinger deputy was behind the decision, but the future pope was copied on the memo, and priests who were closely involved in the process could not confirm that Ratzinger did not read the memo. And indeed, the church noted that the personnel chief handling the case “always remained personally, exceptionally connected” to Ratzinger.