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Cleric returned to pastoral work days after beginning psychiatric treatment

MUNICH, Germany - The future Pope Benedict XVI was kept more closely apprised of a sexual abuse case in Germany than previous church statements have suggested, raising fresh questions about his handling of a scandal unfolding under his direct supervision before he rose to the top of the church’s hierarchy.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope and archbishop in Munich at the time, was copied on a memo that informed him that a priest, whom he had approved sending to therapy in 1980 to overcome pedophilia, would be returned to pastoral work within days of beginning psychiatric treatment. The priest was later convicted of molesting boys in another parish.

An initial statement on the matter issued earlier this month by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising placed full responsibility for the decision to allow the priest to resume his duties on Cardinal Ratzinger’s deputy, the Rev. Gerhard Gruber.

But the memo, whose existence was confirmed by two church officials, shows that the future pope not only led a meeting on Jan. 15, 1980, approving the transfer of the priest, but was also kept informed about the priest’s reassignment.

What part he played in the decision making, and how much interest he showed in the case of the troubled priest, who had molested multiple boys in his previous job, remains unclear. But the personnel chief who handled the matter from the beginning, the Rev. Friedrich Fahr, “always remained personally, exceptionally connected” to Cardinal Ratzinger, the church said.
NYT: Transfer cleared by pope, priest molested again - The New York Times- msnbc.com
 

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WTH is it with Catholic priests & child abuse? It's a world wide problem. IF there's a hell, they deserve a front row seat.

Effing hypocrites! :yell:
 

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I can't get past this :
whom he had approved sending to therapy in 1980 to overcome pedophilia
I don't even know what to say.
 

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Yes, it seems to be much more than isolated incidents. More like an organized conspiracy - like any other corporate crime and cover up.

And not only that, this organized criminal activity is being subsidized by the taxpayers - even to the extent of paying for their defense attorneys and settlement payments because [at least in the United States] contributions to the church are deductible and the church does not pay taxes.

Wonder if the church has ever been prosecuted under the RICO laws?
 

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I don't think so.

Wasnt that law brought about to bring down the Mafia? (I may have my facts muddled!)
Yes, I think so. But it seems well suited to use in cases like this.
 

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I just don't possess the capacity to accurately describe the level of disgust and anger that I'm feeling over this. I can not believe that there is not a public outcry. No other entity would be able to operate the way the church has over this and not be brought to prosecution. I have a very, very close friend that was victimized by a priest.
 

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I am Catholic, and this completely disgusts me. Celibacy isn't normal . . .
 
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