[quote="markeverett49, post:3, topic:194216"]
The Vatican doesn't dispute that Ratzinger signed the letter!
If you are arguing that it was the CUSTOM of the CDF to send form letters saying 'do nothing' to bishops who wanted priests to be laicized for molesting boys in a rectory, then things are WORSE than the press has reported, much worse.
It is no defense of Ratzinger to say that he had so many such complaints that he dealt with them all by a form letter saying (to borrow from Duke Ellington) "Do nothing till you hear from me." Except, of course, take care of the priest!
The problem is that people dont understand that a person can be pulled from active ministry and not be defrocked. The Priest in question had already been removed from all Priestly duties by the time the matter came to the attention of the Vatican. The fact there was a delay in "defrocking" him is irelevant.