In a response six months later, on behalf of Cardinal Levada, a deputy made no mention of disciplinary action against the accused priest but said he would "be monitored so that he does not constitute a risk to minors and does not create a scandal among the faithful."
A Vatican spokesperson told the Associated Press that it suggested the priest be defrocked, stripped of his priestly powers, but that his bishop in India refused. The Vatican spokesperson told the AP it was cooperating with U.S. efforts to extradite him to stand trial in Minnesota.
"Cardinal Levada and the Pope himself are and continue to be the source of the problem," said Jeff Anderson, a Minnesota lawyer who obtained the internal church documents.
"They chose to protect their own reputation at the peril of the children, to keep the secrets, and in this instance to continue this priest in ministry to this day knowing full well that he has raped," said Anderson.
Cardinal Levada last week accused the New York Times and other news media of being in "attack mode about Pope Benedict XVI" over the sex abuse scandal.
Chief Deputy Terry Bandemer of the Roseau County Sheriff's Department said his department would have to depend on other law enforcement agencies to get Jeyapaul out of India.
But Bandemer added that there is no statute of limitations on the crime of which Jeyapaul is accused. "It will be out there for as long as he remains alive," said Bandemer, "and when he's back in the United States he'll have to answer to this warrant."