Pope Benedict quietly defrocked 400 priests for raping children, did not turn them over to authorities
It's great that Pope Ratzinger kicked 400 priests out for raping children. It's awful that he didn't turn them over to the police or do anything to help the victims.
The statistics for 2011 and 2012 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked. Prior to that, it had only publicly revealed the number of alleged cases of sexual abuse it had received and the number of trials it had authorized.
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The maximum penalty for a priest convicted by a church tribunal is essentially losing his job: being defrocked, or removed from the clerical state. There are no jail terms and nothing to prevent an offender from raping again.