You know that the MSM is clicking and smacking their spittle-flecked chops at the chance to bite at the Pope.
With my and From the :
Sex Scandal Finds Pope’s Diocese
Amid German Priests’ Abuse Cases, Pontiff’s Munich Home Base Describes His Role in Decisions on an Offender in 1980
By STACY MEICHTRY And DAVID CRAWFORD
VATICAN CITY—A burgeoning sex-abuse scandal among German priests escalated on Friday with a disclosure by Pope Benedict XVI’s former archdiocese, [NB: The Times Hell's Bible and its satellites would have said in its opening that it was the Pope's diocese, period... that the guilt was getting closer and closer... etc.] which said a priest known to the church as a sex abuser had been returned to pastoral work there while Benedict was the presiding archbishop in 1980.
"It was decided to house (the priest) in a vicarage so he could begin his therapy," the statement said, adding that then-Archbishop Ratzinger "helped make this decision."
In Feb. 1980, General Vicar Gerhard Gruber, [Vicar General] the top administrative official in the Munich-Freising archdiocese, decided to return the priest to a parish in Munich, where he worked as a pastor "without any further restrictions" on his ministry, the statement said. [Again, the VG often would handle issues like that in a German diocese.]
Note the different tone taken by compared to the NYT or Times or AP.
In your discussions you need to keep clear that the role of a Vicar General in German dioceses can be quite a bit stronger in personnel matters than in other countries.