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AP EXCLUSIVE: Future pope stalled pedophile case

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posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 09:37 AM
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More things coming to light every day...the article mentions some Arizona cases...very long article..a portion below.

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press Writer – Fri Apr 9, 7:48 pm ET
LOS ANGELES – 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.

The Vatican confirmed Friday that it was Ratzinger's signature. "The press office doesn't believe it is necessary to respond to every single document taken out of context regarding particular legal situations," the Rev. Federico Lombardi said.


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