1985 letter: Pope Benedict resisted pleas to defrock pedophile priest
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Fr. Z says he has a friend who is going to give him that soon, at which time he'll be able to further examine it with special expertise (as he has experience writing similar documents in Latin and understands the style in which they're written)

he indicated a suspicion that this particular letter might have been a FORM LETTER sent regarding all priests who request dispensation from the priesthood.  ie, this wasn't just a case of forced laicization, the man in question actually requested to leave the priesthood, and it may be that all priests who left the priesthood (there were a lot at the time) were sent a form letter saying that one should avoid scandal to the faith, et cetera.  so this particular letter may simply have not included any knowledge of this specific case, but may have only been dealing with the request for dispensation received from the man himself who was already not acting as a priest.
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Re: 1985 letter: Pope Benedict resisted pleas to defrock pedophile priest - by Aloysius - 04-10-2010, 12:55 AM



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