RedTracker| The Vatican has responded to the NYTimes story about its failure to prosecute Rev. Lawrence Murphy saying:
“The canonical (Church law) question presented to the Congregation was unrelated to any potential civil or criminal proceedings against Father Murphy,” Lombardi said.
“In such cases, the Code of Canon Law does not envision automatic penalties.” via Reuters
See also the Document Trail: The Predator Priest Who Got Away via NYTimes actual documents are posted online.