…The three recent stories from the US cited by Richard Dawkins and his mob as “proving” that the pope should be arrested under international law – the horrible cases of Murphy in Wisconsin, Teta and Trupia in Arizona, and now Kiesle in California – have this in common: the abuse took place in the 1970s; the police were informed and acted; the priest was suspended by his bishop; requests for dismissal from the clerical state (“defrocking”) were sent to Cardinal Ratzinger’s department in the Vatican, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; and some time later the priests were defrocked – except in the case of Murphy, who died during his trial.
Suspension and defrocking are two separate actions. The first can be done by a bishop, with immediate effect; the second is a lengthy process that involves Rome. Suspension – meaning a priest is no longer able to function as a priest – say mass, hear confession, act as chaplain etc – is the key action that a bishop has to take against an abusive priest to prevent him having contact with minors. If, in any of these “smoking gun” cases, the bishop failed to suspend an abusive priest immediately, he did wrong. But such failure would have had nothing to do with Cardinal Ratzinger, whose only involvement was when a request for defrocking landed on his desk….(Source)
In other words, a crooked doctor is booted from his medical practice by his medical partners and he is prohibited by those partners from practicing medicine. The law is called in, and he is punished. Afterwards, the medical partners refer the issue to the Medical Association to get his membership in their association officially cancelled.
Would anyone in their right mind blame the handling of the crooked doctor’s case on the Medical Association? No? Than neither should the bigots blame Benedict.