Pope Benedict XVI has been accused of failing to act on complaints from two archbishops in the US about a priest who allegedly abused 200 deaf boys.
The Vatican newspaper said the move was an “ignoble attempt” to smear the Pope.
As a cardinal heading the Vatican office that dealt with sex abuse cases, the future pontiff allegedly failed to respond to letters about the case.
A church trial of the priest was halted after he wrote to the then Cardinal Ratzinger pleading ill health.
The Holy See has recently been plagued by abuse cover-up claims in Europe, echoing a similar scandal that hit the Church in the US eight years ago.
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