When Pope Benedict XVI announced last month he was transferring his respected sex crimes prosecutor to Malta to become a bishop, Vatican watchers immediately questioned whether the Holy See was relaxing its tough line on clerical abuse — and if another outspoken cleric was being punished for doing his job too well. But in an interview on the eve of his departure, Bishop-elect Charles Scicluna said that he was not the latest casualty in the Vatican’s turf battles and personnel intrigues.
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