Pope Watch

Pope Linked to Another Pedophile Priest

The Catholic Church waited more than a decade to defrock a pedophile priest in Arizona, the Associated Press reports—even after an Arizona bishop pleaded with Pope Benedict XVI, who was at the time Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, to remove him. After the bishop, Manuel Moreno, convened a trial to investigate charges that Rev. Michael Teta has molested children, Ratzinger took over the case in 1992. Five years later, the case had gone nowhere and Moreno begged Ratzinger take action. The church did not defrock Teta—who a church tribunal described as almost "satanic"—until 2004.