Amid Church Abuse Scandal, an Office That Failed to Act

The office led by Cardinal Ratzinger, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had actually been given authority over sexual abuse cases nearly 80 years earlier, in 1922, documents show and canon lawyers confirm. But for the two decades he was in charge of that office, the future pope never asserted that authority, failing to act even as the cases undermined the church’s credibility in the United States, Australia, Ireland and elsewhere. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Oliver Jones - Jul 1, 2010 - 6:36 PM PDT
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by Oliver Jones - Jul. 1, 2010

This long piece goes into depth on the history of the Roman Catholic hierarchy's response to abuse of children by ordained persons. It shines the clear light of truth on the complexity of canon law and church history.

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