A 2001 letter shows that a Vatican cardinal in charge of clergy around the world congratulated Pierre Pican, a French bishop, for not denouncing a child raping priest. The letter was published in " Golias", a Roman Catholic magazine based in Lyon, France.
In the letter September 8, 2001, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos wrote "I congratulate you for not denouncing a priest to the civil administration. You have acted well and I am pleased to have a colleague in the episcopate who, in the eyes of history and of all other bishops in the world, preferred prison to denouncing his son and priest."
Hoyos congratulated the bishop for participating in a criminal conspiracy by not reporting the rapist to the police and covering up the crimes, which is a crime in most countries and why Hoyos wrote "preferred prison to denouncing his son and priest". Pican should have been charged for criminal conspiracy and so should Hoyos. Had they not been Catholic clergy they would likely be in prison today.
The policy of aiding and abetting child rapists was in keeping with Vatican policy as set by Joseph Ratzinger in a letter to all Bishops earlier in 2001. At the time he issued the letter, Ratzinger was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly called the Inquisition.
More recently, Ratzinger has claimed to have changed Vatican policy and that all cases of sexual abuse should be reported to the authorities but the change is not yet evident in most Diocese where the sexual abuse of children continues to be covered up. Nor is it evident in the Church's treatment of pedophile priests. Most retain their priesthood and salary while in prison serving time for their crimes.
The Vatican has always had two sets of policies, the policies that are publicly accessible and those which are kept secret. The secret policies are the real ones and the ones used to govern clergy behavior.
It is official public Vatican policy that priests who molest and rape children are not criminals but merely ill.
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