A day after the Suddeutsche Zeitung Der Spiegel ran a story that Father Gerhard Gruber had been pressured by the church to take the fall for Ratzinger's official decision to transfer a child-rapist priest rather than report him to the police and defrock him, the priest said the report was untrue:

Gruber said he had telephoned a friend, and the contents of the conversation, "well-meaning but unfortunate" had circulated.

He now says the pressure he was under was merely time constraints. Make of this what you will.

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