More and More Shocking Revelations Implicating Benedict
Just as Lombardi was doing his duplicitous, Jesuitical best to douse the flames of that scandal, another one broke, again involving allegations that Benedict, before he became pope of Rome, had failed to act in another serious case of priestly abuse, this time at a school for deaf children in Wisconsin, USA. According to “Church” files recently brought to light as part of a lawsuit, a priest, Lawrence C. Murphy, who worked at the school from 1950 to 1974, molested as many as 200 deaf boys at the school, and yet he was not defrocked, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned top Vatican officials – including the cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger – that if they failed to act it would embarrass the “Church”.
It is evident, from the documents of internal correspondence from Wisconsin bishops directly to Ratzinger, that while “Church” officials wrangled over what to do about the priest, their highest priority was protecting the “Church” from scandal – as always. In 1996 Ratzinger failed to respond to two letters about the case from the archbishop of Milwaukee. And then, after eight months, Romish cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the second in command at the Inquisition, instructed the bishops of Wisconsin to begin a secret canonical trial that could lead to priest Murphy’s dismissal.
But – Bertone himself halted the process after priest Murphy wrote to Ratzinger, protesting that he should not be put on trial as he had already repented and was in poor health, and that the case was beyond the “Church’s” statute of limitations! “I simply want to live out the time that I have left in the dignity of my priesthood,” wrote Murphy. “I ask your kind assistance in this matter.” The files contain no response from Ratzinger – the future Benedict XVI. But Murphy was never tried, nor disciplined, by the “Church’s” own justice system. The documents reveal that three successive archbishops of Wisconsin were told that Murphy was sexually abusing children, but it was never reported to the criminal or civil authorities! In fact, Murphy was quietly moved, by the archbishop of Milwaukee, to another Wisconsin diocese, and there he lived for 24 years, working freely with children, until he died in 1998, still a priest.
Lombardi defended Benedict’s silence in the Murphy case, saying that the Inquisition, responsible for disciplining errant priests, which Ratzinger headed when he was a cardinal, had not been forwarded the case until 1996, which was twenty years after the priest’s victims first informed the police. Asked why priest Murphy had never been defrocked, Lombardi replied, “the Code of Canon Law does not envision automatic penalties”, and added that Murphy’s poor health, and the lack of more recent accusations against him, were factors in the decision.
Worse yet, the Wisconsin case was only one of thousands forwarded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith over decades – the Office of the Inquisition, which Ratzinger headed from 1981 to 2005. And only 20% of the 3000 accused priests whose cases went to the Inquisition between 2001 and 2005 were given full “Church” trials, with only some of them being defrocked, according to Romish monsignor, Charles J. Scicluna, the chief internal prosecutor of the Inquisition. An additional 10% were defrocked immediately, and 10% left voluntarily. A large majority, 60%, merely faced what he called “other administrative and disciplinary provisions”, like being prohibited from celebrating mass.
And – yet another scandal: in a signed statement last year, 67 former pupils at a school for the deaf in Verona [Italy] described sexual abuse from the 1950s to the 1980s, naming 24 priests, “brothers” and “lay” religious men at the Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf. One of the victims, Antonio Vantini, said that priests sodomised him so relentlessly that he came to feel as if he was dead. “How could I tell my papa that a priest had sex with me?” he said through a sign-language interpreter. “You couldn’t tell your parents because the priests would beat you.” Not only that, but in deeply Roman Catholic Italy, parents would not even believe it possible that a priest would sodomise a child. To them, their priest was “another Christ”, as Romish doctrine states.