Comments on: NYT’s long paper trail on Rome, Ratzinger and abusive priest Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: drosaupan Fri, 26 Mar 2010 04:55:45 +0000 @after the priest wrote directly to Ratzinger asking for clemency because he was OLD, ILL and had ALREADY REPENTED FOR HIS SINS.

This is what we call exempting circumstance in Criminal Law to any criminal. Would we deny this to a priest just because he is a Catholic Priest?

By: Tom Heneghan Thu, 25 Mar 2010 20:00:49 +0000 Anura, there was no indication why that investigation was dropped in 1974. Weakland mentions it in his 1996 letter to Ratzinger that you can find on the NYT website (lined above).

By: aguruge Thu, 25 Mar 2010 19:30:26 +0000 Dear Tom,
As ever, sterling work. I am so glad that you are ‘on the case.’ Thank you.
Tom, any idea why (or even whether) the US civil authorities dropped the case?
This is getting bad.
He is getting painted into a corner. I have vision of a NEW Prisoner of the Vatican a la Pius IX.
Given that he was from Chile and a Catholic, the Vatican, indubitably remembers, with a shudder, what Britain and Spain did to Augusto Pinochet — despite him having been a head of state.
My concern for the pope is more prosaic. CREDIBILITY.
For 25 years I have lived by this creed and it has done me well:
“If you lose all your wealth, you have lost nothing;
if you lose your health, you have lost something, however,
IF you lose your CREDIBILITY you have lost everything.”
I have a feeling, but I could be wrong, that the pope is losing credibility if he hasn’t already lost it.
Most don’t fully understand the very, very narrow scope of papal fallibility, but most appreciate what credibility is all about.
Though I doubt whether he will resign, he is now a ‘lame duck’ pope — and nobody knows when his term ends.
In case your readers are interested in who was the last pope to abdicate, they can check: d_the_papacy/2010/03/last-pope-to-abdica te-ie-resign-last-cardinal-to-resign-pro perly.html
Thanks Tom. Please keep up the good. You are at the epicenter and have the unique background, objectivity and knowledge to do it justice.
Anura Guruge