In this National Post article, Christopher Hitchens writes about how Pope Benedict moved priests accused of sexually abusing children from one parish to another. In 1979, an 11-year-old German boy identified as Wilfried F. was taken on a vacation trip to the mountains by a priest. After that, he was administered alcohol, locked in his bedroom, stripped naked and forced to suck the penis of his confessor. (Why do we limit ourselves to calling this sort of thing abuse?) The offending cleric was transferred from Essen to Munich for therapy by a decision of then-Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger, and assurances were given that he would no longer have children in his care. But it took no time for Ratzingers deputy, Vicar General Gerhard Gruber, to return him to pastoral work, where he soon enough resumed his career of sexual assault. Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger later became Pope Benedict. It is, of course, claimed, and it will no doubt later be partially un-claimed, that Ratzinger himself knew nothing of this second outrage. I quote, here, from the Rev. Thomas Doyle, a former employee of the Vatican Embassy in Washington and an early critic of the Catholic Churchs sloth in responding to child-rape allegations. Nonsense, he says. Pope Benedict is a micromanager. Hes the old style. Anything like that would necessarily have been brought to his attention. Tell the vicar general to find a better line. What hes trying to do, obviously, is protect the Pope. The article goes on to say how the Pope threatened to excommunicate anybody who talked to the press or the police about sexual abuse by priests.