As accusations of gross mishandling in child sex abuse cases by Pope Benedict XVI continue to surface, the Vatican asserted over the weekend that then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger acted "expeditiously" in investigating the latest revelation of priestly misconduct.
However, Ratzinger wrote that the "good of the Universal Church" needed to be weighed when considering whether to defrock the young pedophile priest. Ratzinger's signed letter on the matter "appeared to be a form letter typically sent out initially with respect to [defrocking] cases," Lena wrote.
Lena pinned the blame squarely on the bishop, John S. Cummings.
"It's the job of the bishop to discipline the priest," Lena wrote in an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times. "The pope is not a five-star general ordering his troops around. That is simply an incorrect idea about the allocation of authority as between the pope and his fellow bishops."