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Ex-Pope Benedict knew about child sex abuse – report – Reuters

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A report into sexual abuse in the German Diocese of Munich accused former Pope Benedict of failing to prevent wrongdoing by clerics

An investigation announced Thursday found that former Pope Benedict XVI failed to prevent abuse by clerics during his tenure as Archbishop of Munich.

Benedict has repeatedly refuted claims that he was aware of abuse complaints in the 1970s and 1980s, saying in 2013 that he “never tried to conceal these things.” However, the lawyers rejected this denial, arguing that they believed he knew of the priests’ actions but “the church did nothing.”

In a damning assessment, the report states that “The then Archbishop, Cardinal Ratzinger, can be accused of misconduct” on the handling of four cases, after looking at how the church handled allegations of abuse between 1945 and 2019.

“During his tenure, there were instances of abuse… He claims he was unaware of certain facts, although we believe that is not the case, based on what we know”, said one of the lawyers.


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The inquest cited a copy of the minutes of a meeting of church leaders in Munich on January 15, 1980. According to the report, the meeting was called to discuss allegations against a cleric named only “Priest X.” . Investigating attorneys said they were “surprised” by the denial of Benedict XVI, as evidenced by the minutes of his presence.

The current Archbishop of Munich, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, an ally of Pope Francis, said the lawyers who produced the investigation briefed church officials before the report was released.

Although he was not implicated in the allegations, last year Marx offered to resign over the “catastrophic” treatment of abuse cases, but Pope Francis rejected his offer. Marx did not attend the presentation of the report on Thursday, which the lawyers said they regretted.

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