Sunday, April 24, 2005

Suffer the little children

Via 2 Political Junkies, we learn that the new pope asserted the Catholic Church's right to keep secret evidence that priests had abused children. The blog links to this article in a British newspaper:

Pope Benedict XVI faced claims last night he had 'obstructed justice' after it emerged he issued an order ensuring the church's investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret.
The order was made in a confidential letter, obtained by The Observer, which was sent to every Catholic bishop in May 2001.

It asserted the church's right to hold its inquiries behind closed doors and keep the evidence confidential for up to 10 years after the victims reached adulthood. The letter was signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as John Paul II's successor last week.


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