The diocese of Ciudad del Este published a self-defense in the face of Vatican sanctions. This is rich: the report from CatholicCulture said that the scandal-plagued priest, Carlos Urrutigoity, got a thumbs up from a prelate in a very high place:
Father Urrutigoity “came recommended by some cardinals with functions in the Holy See (one of them, elected a few days later Successor of Peter).” The Vatican, through the apostolic nuncio, and “with the consent of the excardinating bishop,” authorized the incardination.
And besides the allegations involved an adult, not a child. The bar has really been set low, it seems.
But let’s get back to that supposed endorsement of Cardinal Ratzinger. Is it believable that a charming groomer who, in turn, raised money then flushed it down the toilet, and who fled from country to country, diocese to diocese, would be able to exert influence at the very top of the Church? Or that the “young, conservative” clergy of this Paraguayan diocese would name-drop the pope emeritus?