Ratzinger replacement a sex abuse troubleshooter

Archbishop William Levada, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has told Vatican Radio that he believes the new Pope may have been looking for an American because the office was swamped with sex-abuse cases from the US.

CLICK HERECatholic World News reports that the information comes from someone who spoke directly with Pope Benedict about the appointment - Archbishop Levada himself.

The Vatican Radio interview went to air yesterday (link below to listen online).

Pope John Paul II gave the Congregatoin the responsibility for handling disciplinary action on priests accused of molesting children. Then-Cardinal Ratzinger was reportedly stunned by the number of cases presented to his office. The Pope, says Archbishop Levada, may have wanted a successor who was already familiar with the problems.

A new angle on the Levada appointment (Catholic World News 31/10/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Archbishop William J. Levada (Vatican Radio English Features 31/10/05, audio - requires Real Player)

Prefect says Church needs fresh Vatican II translations (CathNews 13/10/05)
San Francisco archbishop sets off to take up Pope's old job (CathNews 15/8/05)

Church is left reeling by abuse scandal (Belfast Telegraph 31/10/05)
Mass uproar: priest gets garda protection (Irish Examiner 31/10/05)
Episcopal letters - A campaign of damage limitation (Irish Examiner 31/10/05)
New abuse timebomb (Irish Independent 31/10/05)
Ireland Shaken by Report of Abuse by Priests (Zenit 30/10/05)
Former Irish seminary head defrocked (Catholic World News 28/10/05)
Editorial: The sin must be named (National Catholic Reporter 28/10/05)
Church is plunged into deeper disgrace by more sex claims (London Times 29/10/05)
Editorial: The sin must be named (National Catholic Reporter 28/10/05)
Rape probe priest is still practising (Irish Independent 27/10/05)

1 Nov 2005