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A new report is now claiming that the retired Pope Benedict mishandled at least four cases of sexual abuse while he was the archbishop of Munich.

As The New York Times reports:

ROME — A report commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church in Munich and released on Thursday accused the retired Pope Benedict XVI of mishandling at least four cases of sexual abuse by priests when he was the archbishop there. Members of the law firm that conducted the investigation also said Benedict had attended a meeting about a pedophile priest that he claimed he didn’t go to, or know the details of.

The accusations, most of them new, reach to the very top of the hierarchy of a Catholic Church devastated by a sexual abuse crisis over the last 20 years. They are all the more explosive, and damaging, as they are directed at a living, if retired, pope.

The accusations, which Benedict has rejected, threaten to tarnish the legacy of a soft-spoken, if doctrinaire, pontiff revered by many conservatives, but also to cast a longer shadow over a global institution that has struggled to address, and move on from, the scourge of sex abuse.

The investigation, two years in the making, goes to the heart of the culture of cover-up and underscores the tacit policy of protecting church leaders ahead of children and other vulnerable people. Both were pervasive during the years when Benedict, then known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was archbishop of Munich and Freising. He held the position from 1977 to 1982 and had oversight over the clerics in the archdiocese. And, according to the report, he failed to act against some abusive priests.

Though accusations against Benedict regarding sex abuse have followed him for decades, Thursday’s report is the first official report to make the claim.

 


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Ruby Pearce
4 months ago

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D Paul
D Paul
4 months ago

It is known that the brother of Papa Ratzinger, Fr. George Ratzinger, was being accused in Germany. The allegation was that the liberals in the Church used this as a wedge to force the resignation of the previous pope. This was a way to get their man in control who continues to hide the facts on sex abuse by priests.

Steven Lehar
Steven Lehar
4 months ago

He got to be pope because of his complicity in the sex abuse scandal, he won’t rat them all out! They are in it together!

sam
sam
4 months ago
Reply to  Steven Lehar

Your first clue should be that the NY Times is trumpeting this.
Second is that the Church in Germany is even more divided than in the US; the radical left will invent & do anything to topple priests & bishops who stand up for truth. They are more anti-Catholic even than the bigot who posted the ignorant note above.

Jawad
Jawad
3 months ago
Reply to  Steven Lehar

Sorry, but: Rat + singer illustrates your point. Coincidence? Even Roman Catholics in Germany were concerned at his appointment as the Vicar of Christ on Earth. The Evangelicals still MORE so.