Conspiracy and Bribery in the Vatican An abusive priest allegedly bought protection with payoffs to Vatican officials. 4/1/10 video abcnews Maciel
Church admits abuse victims came second 2 Apr 10 The head of Germany’s Catholics has admitted in a Good Friday message that victims of child abuse had been inadequately cared for because of the Church’s effort to protect its reputation. In one of the frankest admissions yet to come out of the scandal-battered Catholic Church, the head of the German Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, said help given to the victims of abuse “had not been enough.”
Ratzinger And The Cases Of Father Teta And Father Trupia 02 Apr 2010 It was well-known in Arizona two decades ago that Father Michael Teta was a rapist of teen boys. Teta was first suspended from his duties in 1990 because he was credibly accused of such crimes. But it took seven more years to successfully convict him in a canonical court of sexual molestation, in part because of the arcane legal expertise necessary to conduct such a trial. During that time, the rapist was paid living expenses, legal fees and health insurance by the church….And yet despite Moreno’s personal appeal, it took Ratzinger’s CDF another seven years to defrock this priest. He was still being paid the equivalent of administrative leave until 2004 – fourteen years after his “insidious rapes” were first reported. During those fourteen years, parishioners paid the priest about $1,400 a month. The diocese also paid for Teta’s canon lawyer….In a second case, that of Father Trupia, another sex abuser, it was Moreno who had to fight tooth and nail to prevent Ratzinger’s CDF from allowing him to resign in good standing, once the CDF took over the case in 2001
Bishop Moreno’s letter on the Trupia case
Was seen as poor advocate for victims; files refute that Moreno struggled to defrock 2 priests 4/1/10 Patty Machelor The late Tucson Bishop Manuel D. Moreno, often characterized as a poor advocate for sexual abuse victims, struggled with both canon law and Vatican mandates in his efforts to defrock two local priests, documents obtained by the Arizona Daily Star show….Teta and Trupia were defrocked in 2004. The diocese suspended Trupia in 1992 after a Tucson mother told the diocese her young son had been sexually abused by Trupia….The church’s canonical court in 1997 found “there is almost a satanic quality in (Teta’s) mode of acting toward young men and boys.” The court found that Teta’s “insidious ‘rape’ of so many young men in his capacity as a priest” warranted his immediate removal from the priesthood. “What is wrong with this system in which it takes another seven years to defrock a priest that has been found guilty of ‘satanic abuse?’ ” Tucson lawyer Lynne Cadigan said.
New Sex Scandal Rocks Vatican 3/6/10 Vatican City, Italy (CBS) The Vatican is facing allegations that one of Pope Benedict’s ceremonial ushers, as well as a member of the Vatican choir, were involved in a gay prostitution ring.
Vatican was told 50 years ago to act against paedophile priests Expert’s warning proves Catholic church should have known about failings in dealing with abuse cases, says lawyer – Owen Bowcott and agencies 1 April 2010 A former pope was warned that paedophile priests should be removed from active ministry and repeat offenders expelled from the church, according to a clerical communique that has emerged following a US lawsuit. The letter, written in August 1963 by the head of an order that specialised in the treatment of priests accused of abusing children, suggests that the Vatican and Pope Paul VI should have known about failings in procedures for dealing with such cases, according to the lawyer who produced it.