The priest, convicted of tying up and abusing two young boys in a California church rectory, wanted to leave the ministry.
But in 1985, four years after the priest and his bishop first asked that he be defrocked, the future Pope Benedict XVI, then a top Vatican
official, signed a letter saying that the case needed more time and
that “the good of the Universal Church” had to be considered in the
final decision, according to church documents released through
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