Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The recent revelations

The recent revelations

Rev. Peter Hullermann, Munich — This case developed when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, oversaw the Munich Archdiocese from 1977 to 1982. Hullermann had been accused of abusing boys in Essen in the 1970s when Ratzinger approved his 1980 transfer to Munich for treatment for pedophilia. Allowing Hullermann to return to duty a month later was the responsibility of a subordinate, church officials said, but the New York Times reports that Ratzinger was copied on a memo that informed him that Hullerman would be returned to pastoral work within days of beginning the psychiatric treatment. Hullermann was convicted in 1986 of abusing a youth but again returned to service. Another person has claimed to have been abused by Hullermann in 1998.

Rev. Lawrence Murphy, Wisconsin — At St. John's School for the Deaf from 1950 to 1974, Murphy molested up to 200 boys. From 1981 to 2005, Ratzinger led the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that prosecutes sex crimes by clergy. In 1996, he failed to respond to two letters from Milwaukee's then-archbishop. After eight months, Ratzinger's deputy instructed the Wisconsin bishops to begin a secret trial that could lead to Murphy's dismissal. But the deputy halted the process after Murphy wrote to Ratzinger protesting that he had already repented and was in poor health and that the case was beyond the church's statute of limitations. The church moved Murphy but allowed him to continue working in schools and a juvenile detention center. He died in 1998, still a priest.

Verona, Italy — 67 deaf men and women, former pupils at the Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf, describe sexual abuse, pedophilia and corporal punishment from the 1950s to the 1980s. They named 24 priests, brothers and lay religious men as their abusers. Monsignor Giuseppe Zenti, bishop of Verona, initially accused the former students of lying. However, after one of the accused men admitted to sexual relations with students, the bishop ordered an investigation. Advocates for the victims said the investigation was fatally flawed because no one interviewed the former students. Last summer, the diocese forwarded its files to the Vatican. The Vatican studied the file but took no action until Feb. 15, when Cardinal William Levada instructed Zenti to interview the former students to determine if any action should be taken against the priests.

Sources: Associated Press; New York Times

The recent revelations 03/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 25, 2010 11:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tributes pour in for ex-national security adviser Brzezinski


    WASHINGTON — Well before he went to the White House in 1977, Jimmy Carter was impressed by the views of foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski. That Carter immediately liked the Polish-born academic advising his campaign was a plus.

    Foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski died Friday.
  2. One year after deaths, Sunset Music Festival kicks off with emphasis on water and security

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Before the beat drops, or even builds, you hear Steve-O.

    "If you don't get water you're lame!"

    "Hey! Free water! Come on!"

    Steve "Steve-O" Raymond motions to guests making the line to grab free water bottle at the entrance of the Sunset Music Festival on the grounds of the Raymond James Stadium parking lot in Tampa. ( LUIS SANTANA   |   Times)
  3. Twins eventually cash in as Rays lose, fall back to .500 (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays could only battle their way out of trouble for so long Saturday afternoon before succumbing in a 5-2 loss to the Twins.

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 27: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates hitting a two-run home run as Derek Norris #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on during the eighth inning of the game on May 27, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Rays 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) 700010973
  4. Rays Tales: The stories behind Corey Dickerson's ascension

    The Heater

    The 25 pounds DH/LF Corey Dickerson lost during the winter through diet and exercise are considered the primary reason for his ascension to one of the American League's most productive hitters, going into the weekend leading in hits, multi-hit games and total bases, and ranked in the top five in average, runs and …

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) connects for a sac fly, scores Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Steve Pearce (28) in the fourth inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
  5. Fans in Florida and beyond won't forget Gregg Allman

    Music & Concerts

    The end can come quickly for those who live fast and live hard, who create worlds with their talent and sometimes come close to throwing them away.

    This Oct. 13, 2011 file photo shows Gregg Allman performs at the Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File)