Christopher Hitchens: Pope bars Punishment of Rapists in Robes

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While still an Archbishop, Pope Benedict (Joseph Ratzinger) issued a confidential letter to every bishop. In it, he reminded them of the extreme gravity of a certain crime. That crime was not the rape and torture of children by priests, but the REPORTING of these events to anyone outside the Church hierarchy. Accusations were only treatable within the Church's exclusive jurisdiction. It gets worse...

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