"The pope knew about this. He was the one who handled the sex abuse cases. So, I think he should be accountable, because he did nothing," Gigi Budzinski said at a news conference held outside the Milwaukee Archdiocese's offices.
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In 1996, Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland wrote a letter citing Murphy's abuses to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then the Vatican's top doctrinal official and now Pope Benedict.
The archbishop did not receive a reply.
As the U.S. church took steps to try Murphy in secret in 1998, as directed by the Vatican office, the priest appealed directly to Ratzinger. Murphy asked to be left alone, saying he was in ill health having suffered a stroke, and had repented acts committed years earlier, according to the documents.
The Vatican office halted the investigation.
Held accountable? Hahahahahahaha. That's for the serfs, not the lord. Long and short, Ratzinger won't step down. But--and this is just a guess--he won't be pope for much longer. I'll put down a $20 on him being removed in the former Soviet Republic style. You know, first they will announce that he has a cold....