AP EXCLUSIVE: Future pope stalled pedophile case

This Friday, April 9, 2010 photo shows a detail 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. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson)
April 9, 2010 1:17:58 PM PDT
The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including "the good of the universal church," according to a 1985 letter bearing his signature.

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