POLITICAL observations & opinions

* attorney in Wisconsin sexual abuse case wants to sue the Pope … documents tie Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) to the decision in the mid-1990s not to defrock the Rev. Lawrence Murphy despite allegations that the Milwaukee priest molested some 200 deaf boys from 1950 to 1975

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 28, 2010

PATRICK CONDON (AP) writes …

  • Jeff Anderson would love to question Pope Benedict XVI himself under oath.
  • Anderson has unearthed have the potential to take a scandal that has plagued dozens of dioceses around the world and place it at the doorstep of Vatican leadership.
  • The documents, which became publicly known in the past week after Anderson shared them with The New York Times, show that a Vatican office led by the pope, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, halted a church trial against a Wisconsin priest accused of molesting some 200 boys at a school for the deaf.
  • Anderson found the documents in handling one of the dozens of lawsuits he has pending against various church officials, and hopes to use them to bolster a separate federal lawsuit against the Vatican itself.
  • The Wisconsin documents tie Benedict, who as cardinal led the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to the decision in the mid-1990s not to defrock the Rev. Lawrence Murphy despite allegations that the Milwaukee priest molested some 200 deaf boys from 1950 to 1975.
  • The Holy See claims it is protected by the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which prohibits U.S. lawsuits against foreign countries.
  • Legal scholars have long been skeptical of Anderson’s chances of penetrating the Vatican’s foreign sovereignty.

Read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100328/ap_on_re_us/us_church_abuse_wisconsin_lawyer

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