Friday, March 26, 2010

Catholic Leaders Defend Pope

Catholic leaders in Europe are rising to defend Pope Benedict. The former archdiocese of Munich insisted the Pontiff did not know about the abuse of children in the city's Catholic churches even though he was archbishop of Munich in 1980. That year, a priest was reassign to a post with access to children - even though he was undergoing theropy for being a suspected pedophilia. Just a few years later, the priest was convicted of molesting a boy at another parish. The Vatican decided not to defrock a Wisconsin priest accused of sexually abusing as many as 200 deaf boys in Milwaukee during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Several other cases of abuse in European Catholic churches have recently come to light as well.