obscure his machinations shielding priests from rape allegations.
In January, 2006, SF Weekly's Ron Russell reported that Levada apparently lied under oath to deny allegations that he'd paid hush money to victims of a priest accused of child rape:
Levada knew about allegations that the priest had abused not one but
three male victims, and that Levada authorized secret payments to each
of them after they threatened to make the allegations public in a
In July, 2005, Russell documented how Levada projected himself as a reformer on the issue of priestly sex abuse, even as victim advocates alleged he was shielding priests accused of rape. Levada even teamed up with an accused rapist to write church rules dealing with priests accused of rape.
In this ironic way, American bishops now follow a program forRussell's ouvre of articles about Levada's creepy past make discomforting reading that's nonetheless necessary for those wishing to become informed Papal bettors. Our research indicates no pope has been removed from office since Gregory XII in 1415 -- the gig comes with some job security. But it is not altogether unprecedented for a pontiff to be deposed or resign; in fact, speculation was rampant the aging John Paul II would resign earlier this decade.
dealing with sex-abuse complaints that was significantly influenced by
A Catholic priest and lawyer who has had two serious sexual-abuse
cases filed against him -- one of which the church recently agreed to
settle by paying an alleged victim $2.7 million ... And an archbishop who has helped shield the lawyer/priest for nine
years -- and who has now been appointed to what many consider to be the
Roman Catholic Church's second most powerful position.
the event of a papal opening, Levada is among the seven most
"papable" cardinals, according to Paddypower.
There are reasons to short-sell Levada, however: For one, elevating him to Pope
would do little to quell the child rape scandals that plague the church.