«Consider the good of the Universal Church. We need more time to decide on this priest».
In 1985, four years after a California priest and convicted child molester asked to be defrocked, his bishop pleaded with the future Pope Benedict XVI to remove the man from the priesthood. Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger replied, urging caution.
«Consider the good of the Universal Church», Ratzinger wrote to Oakland Bishop John Cummins. «It is necessary for this Congregation to submit incidents of this sort to very careful consideration, which necessitates a longer period of time».
Two more years would pass before the Vatican acted on the Rev. Stephen Kiesle’s request to leave.
A copy of the letter, typewritten in Latin and signed by Ratzinger, was obtained by The Associated Press. It constitutes the strongest challenge yet to the Vatican’s insistence that Benedict played no role in blocking the removal of pedophile priests during his years as head of the Catholic Church’s doctrinal watchdog office.
The letter is part of years of correspondence beginning in 1981 between the diocese of Oakland and the Vatican about Kiesle, who pleaded no contest to misdemeanors involving child molestation in 1978.
The case then languished for four years at the Vatican before Ratzinger finally wrote to the Oakland bishop. It was two more years before Kiesle was removed. During that time he continued to do volunteer work with children through the church.
In the November 1985 letter, Ratzinger says the arguments for removing Kiesle were of «grave significance» but added that such actions required very careful review and more time. He also urged the bishop to provide Kiesle with «as much paternal care as possible» while awaiting the decision, according to a translation for AP by Professor Thomas Habinek, chairman of the University of Southern California Classics Department.
Kiesle, who married after leaving the priesthood, was arrested and charged in 2002 with 13 counts of child molestation from the 1970s. All but two were thrown out after the US Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a California law extending the statute of limitations.
Source: Associated Press
During the reformation, Martin Luther came to the conclusion that the pope in Rome serves as an antichrist.
During the 500 years that have passed since the Reformation, it seems that nothing has changed. Based on the false teachings of Rome, there is no Holy Spirit present. And when God of the Bible is thrown out of the Vatican, than Satan is permitted to come and establish his throne.