AP EXCLUSIVE: Future pope (Ratzinger) stalled pedophile case of man who had previously tied up, molested young boys

The Pope is now directly implicated in aiding and abetting the rape of children.

And the Vatican continues to belittle these charges, as if the rape of children isn’t kind of important to any organization, let alone a church. How many organizations do you know where the leader is under a cloud of child rape? You’d think this would be taken as kind of a serious charge. Does anyone in a leadership position in the Catholic church actually give a damn about children?This is a criminal conspiracy that has been uncovered. These men should all be in jail.

The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including “the good of the universal church,” according to a 1985 letter bearing his signature.

The correspondence, obtained by The Associated Press, is the strongest challenge yet to the Vatican’s insistence that Benedict played no role in blocking the removal of pedophile priests during his years as head of the Catholic Church’s doctrinal watchdog office.

Kiesle had been sentenced in 1978 to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of lewd conduct for tying up and molesting two young boys in a San Francisco Bay area church rectory.

As his probation ended in 1981, Kiesle asked to leave the priesthood and the diocese submitted papers to Rome to defrock him.


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