Anybody with an interest in the truth is invited to read Raymond J. de Souza's article at National Review: A Response to the New York Times [Pope falsely accused]
The principal responsibility for the Lawrence Miller sexual-abuse case lay with the disgustingly negligent local Ordinary, Archbishop Rembert Weakland. Leaving the accused abuser priest supposedly "without assignment," and likewise without supervision from 1977 until 1996, and neglecting any effort to discover the scope of his abuses or to minister to his victims, Weakland essentially did nothing.
It was not until 1996 (19 years after Fr. Murphy was put out of circulation on "sick leave") that Weakland first notified Cardinal Ratzingers Vatican office, which promptly moved forward on having a canonical trial. Neither Ratzinger nor anyone in his office in any way impeded the local process. In fact, Card. Ratzingers Deputy, Cardinal Narciso Bertone, tried in every way to expedite the process, despite the huge gap created by Abp Weakland's negligence and the statute of limitations.
Fr. Murphy died in 1998, before a canonical trial could take place.
The real fault here, as I read the facts, was with the appalling Archbishop Weakland, who was notoriously derelict in his duties.
But because the Associated Press, the New York Times, and the MSM in general cannot lodge fault with Weakland ---who, as a progressive, a payoff-paying gay prelate himself, and a longtime enabler/protector of defiant anti-papal dissenters, was immune from all criticism --- there was a concerted, international effort to find some way to drag in Pope Benedict.
What the New York Times was churning out 2 1/2 years ago --- and repeated here by certain parties --- was vicious, prejudicial, and (it seems to me) probably legally libelous. The Queen of Slander herself in this game was Maureen Dowd, whose comments were echoed by well-known individuals disgracing the opinion-forums.
Being obvious in their bias and malice, they will scarcely be expected to acknowledge their factual errors. However, there may be lurkers still reading: it is for your sake, lurkers, that I offer the true account of the case.
Thanks for your re-cap.
Murphy was only part of the problem seeing those like Weakland were derelict and those over Weakland were just as derelict for leaving him in place.
Yeah, apparently some are still peddling that frap about Cardinal Ratzinger supposedly blocking Murphy’s removal from the priesthood.