This page gathers sources for understanding the approach to clergy abuse of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Archbishop of Munich and Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and as Pope Benedict XVI during his pontificate and after his retirement. This initial version of the page was posted on January 1, 2023. Please revisit the page as we add more documents and other sources. See also the Vatican’s collections of official documents regarding the abuse of children by Catholic clergy and the Vatican’s library of documents from Benedict XVI’s pontificate.

Obituaries and Notices

Pope Benedict XVI’s Meetings with Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse

United States, April 2008

Australia, July 2008

Malta, April 2010

United Kingdom, September 2010

Germany, September 2011

Reports, Media Coverage, Speeches, and Commentary

  • Statement by the Taoiseach on the Dáil Motion on the Report of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne, in Dáil Éireann, by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, July 20, 2011

Homilies, Essays, Letters, and Interviews

Documents from Priest Cases

  • Documents Relating to the Case of Fr. Stephen Kiesle of Oakland and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s Role {1, 2} 1981-1988