Former pope knew of abuse, shows 1963 letter

Last Updated: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 10:08

Los Angeles: A newly-released letter to then-Pope Paul VI indicates the Vatican was aware of clergy abuse in the US nearly five decades ago.

In the 1963 letter released yesterday, the head of a Roman Catholic order that oversaw treatment of paedophile priests tells the pope he recommends removing paedophile priests from active ministry.

The letter is a summary of the Rev Gerald MC Fitzgerald`s thoughts on problem priests that appears to have been requested by the pope after Fitzgerald`s 1963 visit to the

Fitzgerald headed the New Mexico-based Servants of the Holy Paraclete.

The letter was released in Los Angeles by attorneys for California clergy abuse victims who obtained the document during litigation.

A message left with the Paraclete was not immediately returned.


First Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 10:08

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