Church Sex Abuse Scandal Reaches Pope’s Circles
Posted on Mar 12, 2010
One of Pope Benedict XVI’s past decisions as head of an archdiocese in Germany has come back around in relation to a priest accused of molesting boys three decades ago, according to The New York Times.
The New York Times:
The archdiocese said that a priest accused of molesting boys was given therapy in 1980 and later allowed to resume pastoral duties, before committing further abuses and being prosecuted. Pope Benedict, who at the time headed the archdiocese of Munich and Freising, approved the priest’s transfer for therapy. A subordinate took full responsibility for allowing the priest to later resume pastoral work, the archdiocese said in a statement.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said he had no comment beyond the statement by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, which he said showed the “nonresponsibility” of the pope in the matter.
The expanding abuse inquiry had come ever closer to Benedict as new accusations in Germany surfaced almost daily since the first reports in January. On Friday the pope met with the chief bishop of Germany to discuss allegations emerging from church investigations and media reports.
AP / Silvia Izquierdo
Pope Benedict XVI gestures during a visit to Brazil in May 2007.