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Pope hesitated to defrock priest

Apr 10, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Then-Cardinal Ratzinger's handling of a sexual abuse case is revealed in a letter.

When he was the church's chief enforcer of doctrine 25 years ago, Pope Benedict XVI declined to immediately defrock a California priest who admitted to child sexual abuse, saying he needed more time to consider the impact of the case on "the good of the Universal Church," according to a letter released Friday.

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