|Decades of Untapped Authority
New York Times
July 1, 2010
Even before he became pope, Benedict XVI held a critical decision-making position in the Vatican that had authority over cases involving priests who sexually molested children, but did not assert it for many years.
Elevated to Cardinal.
Joseph Ratzinger is named Archibishop of Munich and Freising, and elevated to cardinal three month later.
Sends German Priest to Therapy
Cardinal Ratzinger send a priest who was accused of molesting boys to therapy. But the priest, Peter Hullerman, is soon reassigned to another parish, and is later convicted of sexual abuse.
Named as Head Church Doctine Enforcer
Cardinal Ratzinger is named prefect of the Congregation for the Doctine of the Faith.
Investigates Liberation Theologian
Cardinal Ratzinger orders an investigation into the rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, a liberation theologian in Peru.
Sex Scandal in the U.S.
Pedopfilia scandal first erupts in the United States as the Rev. Gilbert Gauthé is indicted on multiple counts of molestation in Lousisana.
Sex Charges against Priest Embroil Louisiana Parents
Ex-Pastor Given 20-Year Sentence (abstact)
American Bishops Warned of Abuse Fallout
Confidential repotr warns American bishops that abuse cases could cost the church $1 billion over next decade
American Theologian Loses Job After Rebuff from Ratzinger
Rev. Charles Curran, who advocated a moral right to dissent from church teaching on homosexuality and birth control, is ordered to leave hia Catholic University post after Ratzinger's criticizm.
Vatican Curbs U.S. Theologian over Liberal Views on Sex Issues
Reports of Abuse in Canada
Reports of abuse at a Christian Brothers orphanage in Newfoundland outrage Catholics across Canada.
Canadian Prelate Quits in Clerics' Sex Scandal
Canadian Bishop Speaks Out on Abuse Problem
At a synod in Rome, a canadian bishops mentions his country's sexual abuse problem. Cardinal Ratzinger focuses on crisis of dwindling numbers of priests.
U.S. Bishops Ask for Greater Disciplinary Power
American bishops press Vatican for power to discipline and dismiss abusive priests without risk of overturning or footdragging by Rome.
Pope Endorses Bishops' Attempts to Rid Clergy of Child Molesters
Irish Pedophile Priest Brings Government Down
A coalition government in Ireland collapses after botching extradition of a notorious pedophile priest, Brendan Smyth.
Government Coalition Collapses in Ireland
Scandal in Austria
Austia erupts in scandal over Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër, who is said to have abused as many as 30 boys. Cardinal Ratzinger sayd he wanted to investigate but was thwarted by others in the Vatican.
A National Church Faces a Challenge From Within
U.S. Bishops Travel to Rome
English-speaking bishops attend a secret meeting with Vatican officials to press for more agressive policies on abuse.
Ratzinger Takes Charge of Prosecution of Abuse
John Paul II gives Cardinal Ratzinger's office jurisdiction over cases involving sex abuse of minors, but the cardinal notes that his office had actually held that authority going as far back as 1922.
Boston Case Creates Crisis for American Catholics
The Boston Globe publishes a blockbuster on John J. Geoghan, a serial molester, setting off a crisis for the Catholic church in the United States
American Bishops Set Strict New Abuse Rules
In Dallas, U.S. bishops enact new canonical norms, including zero tolerance for abuse and a requirement that bishops report all criminals allerations to secular authorities.
Bishops Set Policy to Remove Priests in Sex Abuse Cases
Ratzinger Lashes Out at Journalists
With the American scandal mushrooming, Cardinal Ratzinger accuses the news media of having "a desire to discredit the church".
Ratzinger Briefed on Scandal
American lay leaders brief Cardinal Ratzinger on how extensive the scandal has become.
April 2005 Ratzinger becomes Benedict XVI Cardinal Ratzinger is elected pope and takes name of Benedict XVI.
Meets with Abuse Victims in Boston
On his first visit to the United States as pope, Benedict meets privately with vistims from Boston. He say he is "deeply ashamed" of sexual abuse by priests.
Benedict Meets With the Victims of Sexual Abuse
With the scandal spreading across the several continents, Benedict says it shows in a "really terrifying" way how the church's biggest problems are of its onw making, and owns up to the need for justice, not only forgiveness.
Pope Issues His Most Direct Words to Date on Abuse
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