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Published on Mar 26, 2010
Pope Ignored Molestation of 200 Boys by US Priest
The New York Times is reporting top Vatican officials, including Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger—the future Pope Benedict XVI—failed to defrock a Wisconsin-based priest who molested as many 200 deaf boys. The priest, Lawrence C. Murphy, worked at a school for deaf children from 1950 to 1974. Internal documents show Vatican officials, including Ratzinger, knew of the allegations but were most concerned with protecting the Churchs image. The news comes as the Vatican says its accepted the resignation of a bishop accused of mishandling abuse allegations in Ireland.