POLITICAL observations & opinions

Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) sued in Illinois court for failing to protect children from a possible child molester

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 22, 2010

pedophile enablers should be prosecuted

Dinesh Ramde (AP) writes …

  • An Illinois man who says he was molested by a Wisconsin priest as a child filed a federal lawsuit Thursday accusing Pope Benedict XVI and senior Vatican officials of failing to protect children from a man the Vatican knew was a possible child molester.
  • The Vatican had no immediate comment.
  • The lawsuit seeks the release of confidential Vatican files detailing clergy abuse allegations, as well as unspecified monetary damages. It also seeks a jury trial.
  • The lawsuit says Sodano, Ratzinger and fellow Vatican official Tarcisio Bertone all knew about the allegations against Murphy and conspired to keep them secret. The lawsuit says the claims are based on “information and belief” but doesn’t offer proof.
  • The court document suggests that the Vatican failed to discipline Murphy because he was a prolific fundraiser.
  • The defendants are Ratzinger, Bertone, Sodano and the Holy See, identified as the state of the Vatican City. Cardinal Bertone was Ratzinger’s deputy at the time of the investigation and is now the Vatican’s secretary of state.

Read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100422/ap_on_re_us/us_church_abuse_vatican_lawsuit


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