Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Pope's fingerprints

"As abuse cases with the pontiff's fingerprints mushroom, Teta's case and that of another Arizona priest cast further doubt on the church's insistence that the future pope played no role in shielding pedophiles." The AP (via Fox no less)

The Bishop of Tucson "pleaded" for 12 years for then Cardinal Ratzinger to defrock Father Teta whose abuses of boys in the confessional the church's own inquiry described as "almost satanic". Once a priest takes his vows, only the Vatican can defrock him known as laicization. The bishop removed Teta from his parish but while awaiting (for 12 years!) action from then Cardinal Ratzinger, Teta remained on the payroll and continued to work with young people as a priest. Of course the bishop of Tucson could have alerted the police, but evidently did not.

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