The NYTimes carried a story this morning about Mr. Lawrence C. Murphy, (a US Catholic priest) who molested as many as 200 deaf boys and who managed to avoid any punishment by writing the following words to Mr. Joseph Ratzinger (the current Pope, a Cardinal in 1998) ...
“I am appealing to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for the following reason: ... The accusations against me were for actions alleged to have taken place over twenty-five years ago. This goes against the 1962 Norms which state that an action must be brought within one month of the alleged solicitation. ... I have repented of any of my past transgressions, and have been living peaceably in northern Wisconsin for twenty-four years. I simply want to live out the time that I have left in the dignity of my priesthood. I ask your kind assistance in this matter.”
A copy of the child molester Lawrence C. Murphy's letter scanned below.
All documents here.