This is despicable: a child-abusing priest wasn’t defrocked for his crimes…simply because he didn’t want the punishment. This non-action was even blessed by the man who is now Pope. What the what??
So a nun in Phoenix can be excommunicated because she approved an abortion which saved the life of the mother, but this pedophile creep is able to roam free just because he wants to. The abuse of power (and hatred of women) here is staggering. The Church is out of control!
The future Pope Benedict XVI refused to defrock an American priest who confessed to molesting numerous children and even served prison time for it, simply because the cleric wouldn’t agree to the discipline. The case provides the latest evidence of how changes in church law under Pope John Paul II frustrated and hamstrung U.S. bishops struggling with an abuse crisis that would eventually explode.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press from court filings in the case of the late Rev. Alvin Campbell of Illinois show Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, following church law at the time, turned down a bishop’s plea to remove the priest for no other reason than the abuser’s refusal to go along with it.