The former students haven't gone to the police because the 10-year statute of limitations expired. They have asked the priests in question to waive the statute of limitations so a case can be opened, but to date none of them have.
Their stories have found new relevance after revelations that the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — then led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now pope — told Wisconsin bishops in 1998 to shut down a church trial for an elderly priest who allegedly molested 200 deaf boys.
"It's a problem of justice," said Laiti, who has said he was sodomized repeatedly at the boarding school from the age of seven. Earlier in the day, in an interview with Associated Press Television News, Laiti said he wanted his abusers kicked out of the church.
"We want justice for everything we went through, the suffering for all of our life," said Gianni Bisoli, 61,
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:46 PM on Mar. 26, 2010
I do not believe that he is elected by the people. I am not Catholic, so I really couldn't say.
Answer by Anonymous at 8:50 PM on Mar. 26, 2010
Answer by autodidact at 8:59 PM on Mar. 26, 2010
Was he the pope when the policy was enacted? Was he the pope when the molestation happened? If he is made to step down, it will just be to placate someone with a sacrifice; he would be the lamb (no pun intended). Let the church work through this. I'm not Catholic, but I think the Church will, in these times, will strive to do the right thing.
Answer by jesse123456 at 9:04 PM on Mar. 26, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 9:26 PM on Mar. 26, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:39 PM on Mar. 26, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:46 PM on Mar. 26, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 9:50 PM on Mar. 26, 2010
Yes he should.
Answer by Anonymous at 9:54 PM on Mar. 26, 2010
Answer by DusterMommy at 10:15 PM on Mar. 26, 2010