Documents detailing efforts begun in the early 1980s by officials of the Catholic Church in California to support the petition of a convicted sex offender, the Rev. Stephen Kiesle, to leave the priesthood. You can click on each document to see a larger view of the document.
These are documents, obtained through the New York Times story: The Document Trail: The Rev. Stephen Kiesle
From the link: http://documents.nytimes.com/the-document-trail-stephen-Kiesle
Letter from Cummins to Reverend Thomas J Herron
Letter from Cummins to Ratzinger
Memo from Mockel to Cummins
Letter from Mockel to Reverend Pio Laghi
Translation of Cardinal Ratzinger’s Letter
April 9, 2010
Text of 1985 Letter From Future Pope Benedict
Following is the text of a November 1985 letter in Latin signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to Oakland Bishop John S. Cummins. It was translated for The Associated Press by Thomas Habinek, chairman of the University of Southern California Classics Department.
Most Excellent Bishop
Having received your letter of September 13 of this year, regarding the matter of the removal from all priestly burdens pertaining to Rev. Stephen Miller Kiesle in your diocese, it is my duty to share with you the following:
This court, although it regards the arguments presented in favor of removal in this case to be of grave significance, nevertheless deems it necessary to consider the good of the Universal Church together with that of the petitioner, and it is also unable to make light of the detriment that granting the dispensation can provoke with the community of Christ’s faithful, particularly regarding the young age of the petitioner.
It is necessary for this Congregation to submit incidents of this sort to very careful consideration, which necessitates a longer period of time.
In the meantime your Excellency must not fail to provide the petitioner with as much paternal care as possible and in addition to explain to same the rationale of this court, which is accustomed to proceed keeping the common good especially before its eyes.
Let me take this occasion to convey sentiments of the highest regard always to you.
Your most Reverend Excellency
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Interoffice memo from Mockel to Cummins
Letter from Mockel to Kiesle
Letter by Maurine Behrend to Br Haig