Pope Benedict Booted Priests Over Sexual Abuse Claims

Newly released Vatican documents reveal 400 priests defrocked from 2011-2012

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Pope Benedict XVI defrocked almost 400 priests between 2011 and 2012 because of allegations that they had molested children, according to a  newly disclosed Vatican document.

The document, which was prepared from data the Vatican collected for the Holy See’s defense at a United Nations hearing this week, was obtained by the Associated Press and reported Friday. It’s the first data ever disclosed about the number of priests defrocked amid sexual abuse allegations, as the Vatican has previously revealed  only the number of alleged cases of sexual abuse. Benedict XVI stepped aside as Pope last year.

The 400 priests defrocked represent roughly 1 in 1,000 of all the priests in the world, since there are roughly 412,000 priests as of 2013, according to Georgetown‘s Center for Applied Research of the Apostolate.

[AP]

13 comments
formeat
formeat

Almost 400 priests were defrocked based simply on allegations?

DarleneDove
DarleneDove

It seems the RCC PR MAchine is in full swing - Pope Francis - advocating for the poor, posing with sheep, kissing the deformed - now the PR is on for Ratzinger - making him look as if he did something - defrocking priests instead of reporting them as criminals. The PR push is very unbecoming - the RCC is dead to most but does not know it has died. Many are moving on to learn the truth - we are sacred, sovereign spiritual beings here to learn how to take care of life and pass this knowledge on to our children. The RCC has been deceiving people for centuries about our sacred natures and trying to take into their own hands - for money - how to get to heaven. The only way to heaven is by desiring to know the truth and hard work to live a good live in peace and harmony with others and the planet we are living and growing on. Until the RCC teach us about our sacredness and personal sovereignty they are doing the wrong thing. No amount of PR will cover up their mistakes - only by doing the right thing will the RCC find their salvation. The Pope has got to stop deceiving people and tell the truth.

kon-tiki
kon-tiki

nice !!! Hats off to him. 

CrossWinds
CrossWinds

..........Mark 9:42......... “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea……....

BD55555
BD55555

How anybody buys any of the nonsense these deity cultists propagate on human relationship and reproductive behavior is incredible.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Defrocked - so what ? They can still molest children . Should be in prison .

DennisSaeva
DennisSaeva

Defrocking should be just the beginning. Crimes were committed and there are victims. Someone of authority should get the list so the local authorities are involved in every case. Someone should investigate this list to make sure it is followed through and that action is taken.

czsommers
czsommers

Defrocking is good, but did the Vatican turn over all of their information to the local police, so that these abusers can be investigated and prosecuted, if necessary? If not, the Vatican must do so immediately.

czsommers
czsommers

Defrocking is good, but are these sexual abusers in prison? Did the Vatican give their information to the local police, for investigation and prosecution? If not, they must do so immediately.

tkulaga
tkulaga

@bojimbo26 Did you know 400 were defrocked? How do you know for sure they are not in jail? And are you sure all pedophiles are in jail or served time?

kon-tiki
kon-tiki

@DennisSaeva you are jumping the Gun - one step at a time. It is like saying there should be Democracy in Iraq since Iraq is liberated by US.