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Cardinal Castrillion Hoyos Says John Paul II Approved His Letter Encouraging Shielding of Sex PredatorsApril 19, 2010
Following up on the last blog posting, Bishops and Popes Ignored Warnings of Sex Predator Priests, here are documents in which Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald, in his capacity as founder of the Servants of the Paraclete, an order for rehabilitation of alcoholic and pedophile priests, warns numerous bishops and Pope Paul VI of his findings that pedophile priests were not capable of rehabilitation; that if they were returned to parishes they would almost certainly continue sexually abusing children, and his recommendation that they should be laicized and ostracized.
The claim “we didn’t know” is a lie. They’ve known since at least the early 1950’s.
A PDF of the documents is at this link:
Bishops were warned of abusive priests
Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald, founder of the Servants of the Paracletes, an order established in 1947 to deal with problem priests, wrote regularly to bishops in the United States and to Vatican officials, including the pope, of his [well informed] opinion that many sexual abusers in the priesthood [could not be rehabilitated and] should be laicized immediately.