Pope Benedict’s Role in Sexual Abuse of Minors
In effect he couldn’t “fire” the priest unless he agreed to be fired. So here you a mechanism, set into the religion itself, to allow these evil acts to occur, where the saving of the priest’s name is more important than the agony inflicted on the children.
… Just three months ago, [Matt McCormick] learned that Pope Benedict XVI played a role in keeping his abuser in the church when CNN told him about a letter signed by the pontiff – then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – refusing to defrock the pedophile priest [Father Alvin Campbell].
The priest was convicted in 1985 on multiple charges of sexual assault and sentenced to a 14-year prison sentence. But Campbell’s bishop, Daniel Ryan, was bothered by a disturbing fact: Despite his criminal conviction and prison sentence, Campbell was still a priest – and refused to quit.
Ryan brought the case to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who today is Pope Benedict XVI. Ryan asked Benedict to forcibly remove Campbell from the priesthood.
In a personally signed letter, Ratzinger, citing Canon law, said he couldn’t defrock Campbell without Campbell’s permission – and instead suggested a local church trial, which would have taken years. It would be three more years before Bishop Ryan could persuade Campbell to request his own defrocking.
McCormick was speechless when he read the letter that kept his abuser an ordained priest.
Further down the article it says they have changed Canon law so this is not the case anymore. I’d like to see proof of that.