Mar 31, 2010 5:34 PM by Melissa Canone
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A newly released letter to then-Pope Paul VI
indicates the Vatican was aware of clergy abuse in the U.S. nearly
five decades ago.
In the 1963 letter released Wednesday, the head of a Roman
Catholic order that oversaw treatment of pedophile priests tells
the pope he recommends removing pedophile priests from active
The letter is a summary of the Rev. Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald's
thoughts on problem priests that appears to have been requested by
the pope after Fitzgerald's 1963 visit to the Vatican. Fitzgerald
headed the New Mexico-based Servants of the Holy Paracletes.
The letter was released in Los Angeles by attorneys for
California clergy abuse victims who obtained the document during
A message left with the Paracletes was not immediately