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At least 94 Catholic abuse cases suspected: report

The Local · 6 Feb 2010, 11:08

Published: 06 Feb 2010 11:08 GMT+01:00

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A survey of the country’s 27 Catholic dioceses found that 30 of the perpetrators had been tried and sentenced but at least 10 cases were still outstanding and many more never saw court because the statute of limitations to prosecute had passed.

This latest revelation follows the shock admission just over a week ago that at least two Roman Catholic priests at the elite Canisius Catholic school in Berlin had systematically abused children in 1970s and 1980s.

The scandal then spread with the church’s admission that a third priest had been suspended after admitting to abusing a student.

Only three German dioceses, Limburg, Regensburg and Dresden-Meißen, refused to respond to Spiegel’s survey. A spokesman for the Dresden-Meißen diocese said he “didn’t want to fuel the current discussion.”

But the secretary of the German Bishops’ Conference, Hans Langendörfer, said: “The revelations show a dark side of the church that appals me. We want to tackle this issue openly.”

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Some Catholic groups have demanded changes to the guidelines for dealing with sexual abuse in light of the discoveries, Spiegel reported. This has included calls for an independent ombudsman to examine abuse claims.

The issue is set to dominate the next meeting of the German Bishops' Conference, which begins on February 22.

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Your comments about this article

20:23 February 6, 2010 by berlinski
Men in frocks strike again. Burn them at the stake!
00:52 February 7, 2010 by Davey-jo
I went to a Catholic school for 13 years and never saw or heard any abuse. I feel I've missed out on something. Weren't we attractive or something?
12:21 February 8, 2010 by Deutschguy
@Davey-jo: Not being abused has nothing to do with your 'attractiveness', as much as being spared a horrific life changing and sabotaging experience. Probably more to do with not being viewed as compliant or easily manipulated as a victim by a predator.

Pre-gay adolescents, as adults, have yelled loudly at the Catholic Church for decades, complaining about their abuse. The Church, in all its piety, replied that gay men were unreliable accusers and even, if you can believe this, probably "seduced" the priests involved in the first place.

The Church's tax advisers and attorneys have constructed a labyrinth of corporate entities and bank accounts that prevent abuse claimants from damages paid from their otherwise deep pockets.

I wouldn't care if abuse claimants were given the entire Church treasury and all the Vatican real estate to liquidate as payment for the crimes perpetrated on them as innocent children.
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