Ratzinger's memo saying he'd excommunicate bishops who help the police?
I've read a lot of people claiming Ratzinger, before he became Pope, issued a memo to USA Bishops saying he'd excommunicate any Bishop who assisted the Police in their enquiries into sex abuse claims.
Can anyone find a copy of that memo please?
- RetroRayLv 71 decade agoFavourite answer
A copy of what purports to be the confidential letter you seek is published at the following sites:
The letter is said to be from Rome: The offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, dated May 18, 2001, and signed by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect, and Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, SDB Secretary.
For additional information. please see: