First to repeat the bare-bones version of the story: in November 1985, then-Cardinal Ratzinger signed a letter deferring a decision on the laicization of Father Stephen Kiesle, a California priest who had been accused of molesting boys.
Go to the link.
Some twit bugged me about that case a few days back, and we noted, again (it's becoming tiresome) that the LOCAL BISHOP is responsible for watching and disciplining his priests, not Rome.
More here from Fr. Z.
- The case before the CDF concerned a request by a priest for a dispensation from the obligations of the clerical state.
- It was not a punitive case or an appeal about a sanction.
- The request was submitted by the priest and not the priest’s diocese of Oakland.
- The CD
- At the time, the CDF did not have competence in the cases of clerical pedophilia.
- F didn’t not grant immediate dispensations to men who were not at least 40 years old.
- Once the CDF studied the case and the priest reached 40 years of age, the dispensation was granted.
There was no cover up.