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Jan Kanty Lipski
Ultraviolet
"Ratzinger has repeatedly emphasised that he "knew nothing" of the priest's previous history..." Hogan's Heroes: Vatican Edition. :P
Les Crispi
@SML2 why would the German church do this? Why would these Lutheran wanna bes go after Benedict XVI? We don't know if this is true or not and, moreover, BXVI really can't defend himself at this time.

The German church hates B16 because of his late turn to the right, or at least center. They are radically anti-Catholic.
SML2
Ratzinger knew about everything and did nothing... He focused on his career. He knew as prefect like all the popes since Pius XII about Marcial Maciel Degollado. What did Jesus say about abusing children?
John A Cassani
I’m not one to defend any bishop on his handling of abuse of children, but, my understanding of the Maciel situation was that he was being protected by Cardinal Sodano, who was more powerful than Ratzinger. Also, the CDF, if I remember right, didn’t get jurisdiction over priest abusers until sometime after the scandal broke out in Boston, shortly before Ratzinger became Pope. And, Maciel was one …More
I’m not one to defend any bishop on his handling of abuse of children, but, my understanding of the Maciel situation was that he was being protected by Cardinal Sodano, who was more powerful than Ratzinger. Also, the CDF, if I remember right, didn’t get jurisdiction over priest abusers until sometime after the scandal broke out in Boston, shortly before Ratzinger became Pope. And, Maciel was one of the first matters he tackled in his pontificate. It doesn’t excuse everything, by any means, but I don’t think Maciel is a good example to use against Ratzinger.
Rafał_Ovile
You may be attempting at justifying your guilty conscience of rejecting true pope and cowardice against his public recognition. The only way out of self- contradiction in rejecting the good man which God has given the Church and being complicit in usurper's acts is to pray for pope Benedict XVI.