More Cases of Papal Negligence Emerge in Sexual Abuse Scandal

Pope Benedict today urged priests to be messengers of Christ's "victory over evil" today but avoided any acknowledgement today or on Easter Sunday of the clergy sexual abuse scandal which has engulfed the church, or his own complicity in it.

Popemonday  And yet more cases have emerged.

The AP reports: "Documents reviewed by The Associated Press show that as a Vatican cardinal, the future pope took over the abuse case of the Rev. Michael Teta of Tucson, Ariz., then let it languish at the Vatican for years despite repeated pleas from the bishop for the man to be removed from the priesthood. In another Tucson case, that of Msgr. Robert Trupia, the bishop wrote to then-Cardinal Ratzinger, who would become pope in 2005. Bishop Manuel Moreno called Trupia 'a major risk factor to the children, adolescents and adults that he many have contact with.' There is no indication in the case files that Ratzinger responded. The details of the two cases come as other allegations emerge that Benedict – as a Vatican cardinal – was part of a culture of cover-up and confidentiality. 'There's no doubt that Ratzinger delayed the defrocking process of dangerous priests who were deemed 'satanic' by their own bishop,' Lynne Cadigan, an attorney who represented two of Teta's victims, said Friday."

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  1. another case with direct ratzi involvement sitting of the facts keeping it hush hush stalling. looks like an ongoing coverup. time to rush the cardinals out to say that the pope is a hero. maybe once , twice but six or seven times is apattern. he put the church ahead of the children. the list just keeps getting longer brazil, canada, ireland,germany spai, and the us. how many times can he claim he didn't know. ignorance is bliss, this must be the most happy fellow

    Posted by: walter | Apr 5, 2010 12:42:01 PM

  2. Join the movement to prosecute crimes against children, including crimes of conspiracy to cover up and omission. Demand Ratzinger's confession for his sins.

    Posted by: Prosecute Abuse | Apr 5, 2010 12:51:37 PM

  3. this man is going to have to resign. hopefully it's sooner rather than later. there is no other choice. perhaps hell work out a deal to keep his so-called immunity, doesnt' really matter. He needs to leave the position of Pope. Period. The next Pope needs to take on THIS matter ASAP.

    Posted by: casey | Apr 5, 2010 12:53:29 PM

  4. Cue Bill Donahoe & his Catholic League

    Posted by: just sayin' | Apr 5, 2010 1:01:56 PM

  5. There was a segment on last weeks "This American Life" about Patrick Wall. The Catholic church sent him to problem parishes where priests had been removed because of scandal. His job was to come in, keep events from going public and smooth things over until a permanent replacement priest was found. He ultimately left the church and now helps a law firm dealing with people who have been abused by priests. He talked about the secret files that the RC church has kept for hundreds of years. This problem is not new, it is just relatively recently coming to light. The RC church has always had as its first objective to "protect" the church, not to minister to the agrieved.

    Posted by: voet | Apr 5, 2010 1:09:20 PM

  6. I listened to that yesterday, voet. Disturbing.


    1. The pope will not resign or step down.
    2. This scandal, like all others previous to it, will blow over and be forgotten.

    It's that simple. You want to change this? Change the attitude toward religion.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 5, 2010 1:35:29 PM

  7. The RC Church has spent hundreds of millions on suits brought by victims. They have bankrupted dozens of parishes all over the country. That is what will bring the church down. They started to loose donations when this story first became public. I wonder how many are giving, especially in these financial times?

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Apr 5, 2010 1:39:53 PM

  8. The Tucson Catholic Diocese eventually declared bankruptcy so that it could stop paying out additional sex abuse damages.

    Posted by: homer | Apr 5, 2010 1:40:38 PM

  9. If you think that the church will go bankrupt because of this scandal, you're sorely uninformed of its assets. LOL! The best real estate in the world.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 5, 2010 1:43:22 PM

  10. if an individual diocese files for bankruptcy then whole church should be held responsibile. they should not be allowed to hide behind the law when they break the law.

    Posted by: walter | Apr 5, 2010 1:46:37 PM

  11. Tank the RC Church has been selling off the property they own, including dozens of schools and churches here in NYC. You don't sell land in NYC unless you are having a cash flow problem.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Apr 5, 2010 1:59:33 PM

  12. Patrick, I really don't think you have an understanding of the assets that the church has at its disposal. Whatever it's selling off, it literally has billions more in real estate alone. It could well afford to give away ten times what it already has to the victims...and well it should. There are many reasons why the church sells real estate, and it's not immune to a bad economy.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 5, 2010 2:02:59 PM

  13. @Voet:

    Heard the segment myself. Good one.

    Wall et al. have a book about the history of cover-ups and secret files.

    It is "Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church's 2000 Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse."

    Available at Amazon.

    I haven't read it, but there are some good reviews.

    Posted by: Soren456 | Apr 5, 2010 2:07:30 PM

  14. but remember everybody, it's the abusers who are the real victims here. and the reporting of what they've done is just the same as anti-semitism-that's what the pope's preacher said and y'know, some of his best friends are jews.

    Posted by: alguien | Apr 5, 2010 2:09:08 PM

  15. Juxtapose the elements of this story...

    A Dean of a prep school allows a perpetrator to remain on staff b/c he said he was sorry. Another teacher remained silent b/c there are procedures in place... people would be outraged... Why does anyone think this "religion" deserves some special treatment?!

    They're filthy rich, & PapaRatzi is a 'head of state' The only real option is to continue to expose the fraud of accountability so that they cannot exert political power in this country again.

    People must name it, "the corrupt, culpable, & shamelessly self-promoting, Katholic Khurch must go away... the sooner the better!"

    Posted by: stephen | Apr 5, 2010 3:51:51 PM

  16. "The only real option is to continue to expose the fraud of accountability so that they cannot exert political power in this country again."

    Nooo, there are far too many catholics and catholic organizations that team up with baptist and other non-catholic religious sects because of shared interest (e.g., social values-er, bigotry) for that to ever happen. The attitude toward religion in general in the u.s. (and that means christianity) needs to change before the catholic church becomes politically neutral. And that means taking down the entire religious/political framework. That's not gonna happen anytime soon, though. As an example of why, a lot of the criticism that's geared toward the catholic church is coming from protestants who are simply anticatholic first and foremost rather than antipedophilia (a purely opportunistic way to slam catholicism). They don't care about the kids their own faiths are extremely guilty of pedophilia and coverups (from the baptists to the episcopalians). It's that attitude (i.e.,"my fairytale's better than yours!") that will enable the catholic church to flourish for centuries more as a political power.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 5, 2010 4:05:54 PM

  17. Stop giving this hideous man publicity and get his ugly mug off my screen!

    Posted by: Squirt | Apr 6, 2010 7:28:01 AM

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