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New U.S. Sex Abuse Case May Implicate Pope Benedict In Coverup

by @ 12:20 pm on March 31, 2010. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

A case in Miami may reach into the inner sanctums of the Vatican:

THE Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI have come under fire in the US for allegedly covering up for another predator priest and doing nothing to remove him from ministry.

Documents sent to AFP by lawyers representing a man who claims he was sexually abused as a teen by Father Ernesto Garcia Rubio claim the Papal Nuncio – the Vatican ambassador to the US – asked the church in Miami to protect Father Garcia after he moved there from Cuba in 1968 after “serious difficulties of a moral nature”.

“He was in ministry here in Miami for about 30 years and during that time we know of about a dozen victims that he abused,” said Jessica Arbour, a lawyer for the unnamed victim and five others who are suing the archdiocese of Miami for alleged abuse between 1977 and 1987.

“There was definitely a concerted effort at all levels – from the Vatican to the archdiocese of Miami and even the Cuban diocese he was originally ordained for – to cover up for and protect this guy.

“At the Vatican’s request – they said, ‘Please protect him’ and that’s what they did for 30 years.”

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Ms Arbour also accused Pope Benedict XVI of “protecting pedophiles at the expense of parishioners and families” when he was head of the Roman Catholic church’s moral watchdog, the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

When a bishop in the 1990s began the process of defrocking Father Garcia, the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome “lost the paperwork”, Ms Arbour said.

Father Garcia is no longer a priest.

The CDF was led from 1981 to 2005 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

And Ratzinger, of course, is now Benedict XVI.

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