Did Pope Benedict XVI, when he was Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, really obstruct sex abuse inquiry in United States?
No. Those in the media making the allegations demonstrate that they have no idea how the Church handles internal investigations. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger’s letter was a public document, readily available for quite some time on the Vatican’s own web site, and so could not possibly have been intended to derail a sex-abuse inquiry. For analysis of media reports on the story, please see the links recommended below.