Pope Benedict Tough on Celibacy Doctrine, Pedophiles Not So Much
April 12, 2010
Rome (ChattahBox) – The Vatican is vehemently defending the Pope after allegations that he protected a pedophile priest by stalling his removal from the Catholic Church during his time as a cardinal. The allegations stem from a letter that was released earlier this week by the Associated Press, which showed then Cardinal Ratzinger resisting the defrocking of convicted pedophile Stephen Kiesle in 1985.
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. 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. The Pope Benedict formerly held the position of the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was directly responsible for handling abuse claims.
It is one of many instances that seem to point to his allowance of abuse to continue, despite frequent claims of molestation from priests all over the world. However, the Vatican claims that the Pope was just using ‘due caution’ before making a decision, and that the letter was taken out of context. A lawyer for the Vatican claimed, in a statement earlier today, that the two years it took the current Pope to defrock a convicted pedophile was quick. But the Pope seemed to act ‘real quick‘ when he excommunicated an Archbishop who defied the celibacy doctrine.
On September 24th 2006 Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, of Zambia, defied the Vatican by ordaining four married priests. On September 26th the Vatican issued a press release announcing that he had been excommunicated for “ordaining bishops without the approval of the Holy See.” In defiance of that excommunication, Milingo ordained a further four married priests in Washington, on December 11th 2006,. Six days later, boom, the Vatican issued a press release announcing that he had been dismissed “from the clerical state.”