Fr Thomas Brundage, JCL, was the Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 1995-2003; and presided over the criminal trial of Fr Lawrence Murphy.
He is clearly very far from impressed by the inaccuracies and spin apparent in much of the recent reporting of that case, and in particular the assertions about the then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s involvement in it; and he has written about it for the newspaper of his current Diocese, setting the record straight.
For example, he says of the Holy Father :
‘He has been most reactive and proactive of any international church official in history with regard to the scourge of clergy sexual abuse of minors. Instead of blaming him for inaction on these matters, he has truly been a strong and effective leader on these issues.’
I recommend Fr Brundage's article to anyone – which I trust is all of my Followers and Readers – who is interested in knowing the truth about this tragic affair.