The Seattle Times


Friday, April 9, 2010

Text of 1985 letter from future Pope Benedict

This image shows a copy of a 1985 letter obtained by the Associated Press signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then-head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, part of years of correspondence between the Vatican and the Oakland, Calif. diocese. The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted defrocking California priest Rev. Stephen Kiesle, who had a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including "the good of the universal church," according to the letter.