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at our parish you don't have to register with the police to work with children. You have to submit to a background check and watch a video about child abuse. I know this because I taught CCD for years.

Here's a link if you care to watch it:

Here's a link to our Abuse policy (nothing about losing their job just for being questioned- A priest is a priest for life, only the Vatican can laicize a priest- source: my uncle, he's a priest):

Hate to break it to you but the Church sex abuse scandal has Ratzinger's hands all over it and his papacy was a slap in the face to the victims.

"In an April 8, 2005, letter to Ratzinger, Cote wrote that the "trail of destruction caused by Thomas W. Shea is staggering." He wrote there were at least 15 credible cases of abuse by Shea of girls under the age of 18, including one girl who tried to kill herself three times before she turned 23.

"The psychological, emotional, and spiritual damage wrought by this man is immeasurable,'' Cote wrote. "The people who have been directly affected by his behavior as well as the entire People of God would welcome his involuntary dismissal from the clerical state."

Cote's letter was sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the office that decides whether accused priests should get so-called canonical trials that could eventually lead to their being defrocked.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, before he became Pope Benedict XVI, headed the Vatican office in charge of ordering canonical trials from 1981 to 2005. Only the Vatican can take away a priest's powers.

On May 12, 2005, less than a month after Ratzinger became pope, the Vatican responded to Cote, denying his request to remove Shea. The letter indicates that the status quo — Shea in retirement with the restrictions not to wear a collar or say Mass — was sufficient.