ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The Bishop of the St. Cloud Diocese recalls being directed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to have books destroyed that promoted women in the priesthood.
Bishop John Kinney says he's met the man who is now Pope Benedict the 16th several times and found him to be a gracious and insightful man.
Ratzinger is expected to be a conservative leader who follows church doctrine closely.
In 1998, Kinney said Ratzinger directed him to have 13-hundred copies of a book destroyed that promoted women in the priesthood. The books were published by the Liturgical Press in Collegeville.
Kinney says at the time that it was something many people in his diocese supported.
Despite that, Kinney thinks Ratzinger will surprise Catholics with his willingness to hear new ideas on the future of the church.
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