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
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(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.

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HANKHILL
Mar 26, 2010 3:51 PM CDT
HAY IF POPE A DOPE WANTED TO CLEAN UP THE VATICAN IT WOULD TAKE YEARS AND YEARS TO DO IT. THEY DO HAVE THE MONEY THOUGH
Derni
Mar 26, 2010 1:58 PM CDT
I don't hate catholics..I was one..and I know how the Vatican works and the cardinals and bishops operate..I had first hand experience..I think what people hate is the fact that until the 1980's the church was given the right to do what they want and hide their "sins." Now that we have an educated membership in this church..more educated than the men running it..the church is being challenged and held responsible for what he has done to children...I witnessed a religious order in a major city in the USA move a priest accussed of sexually violating a young boy from the parish and into an "all boys school." and the stories continue..and nothing was done in this case..maybe catholics should demand more control over htier church or find a church where their opinion and input is valued
DontLikeYou___
Mar 26, 2010 1:40 PM CDT
Liberals sure do hate Catholics.