ABC News has focused once again on the actions and inaction of Cardinal William Levada, former Archbishop of Portland, Oregon (1986-1995) and Archbishop of San Francisco (1995-2005). In 2005 he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
GILLIAN FLACCUS and BROOKE DONALD of the Associated Press report:
While Levada, 73, has played a key role in several church sex-abuse reforms, in several cases as archbishop in California and Oregon he kept some accused molesters in the church and failed to share some allegations with police or parishioners. According to interviews and hundreds of pages of personnel files, deposition transcripts and court records over a 20-year period reviewed by The Associated Press, Levada allowed molesters to remain in the priesthood, didn’t respond to pleas to notify parishioners of an abusive priest and worked with an alleged abuser to establish a lay review board.
Complete report here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=10649634
I am sure there must be a good explanation…….And certainly some widespread whispering in the Vatican loggia.