I wrote a few days ago about what is most likely a coordinated mass-media barrage against the Holy Father. One key story regards Father Lawrence Murphy, former principal of St John's School for the Deaf. He abused a number of the boys there. Of course the New York Times and its cohorts had their slant.
In the newsletter of the Catholic Citizens of Illinois, we read the account of Father Thomas Brundage. He was the Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 1995-2003, and presided over the canonical court that tried Father Murphy's case. I won't rehash it here, as you can read it at http://catholiccitizens.org/press/pressview.asp?c=51830. I will point out some salient points.
When Father Brundage ordered Father Murphy to a deposition in 1998. He was informed by Murphy's doctor that he was in frail health and could not travel that distance. Father Murphy in fact died a week later.
As far as the Vatican goes, these cases were reviewed and handled by the Romam Rota. Only in the year 2001 did that shift to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, headed by then-Cardinal Ratzinger. To me it seems that this matter didn't cross Cardinal Ratzinger's desk until three years after the perpetrator died. I fail to see logical basis for the mainstream mass media's insistance that the handling of this matter was the responsibility of Cardinal Ratzinger's. But then again, I fail to see the logic behind much of what the mass media does.