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Number of Jesuit abuse victims continues to climb

DPA/The Local · 10 Apr 2010, 12:52

Published: 10 Apr 2010 12:52 GMT+02:00

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Lawyer Ursula Raue, who has been commissioned to investigate the abuse cases, told the DPA news agency in an interview that abuse by members of the clergy took place in Jesuit educational establishments as early as the 1950s.

She did not name the exact number of known abusers.

Berlin's prestigious Canisius secondary school made headlines when it was revealed at the end of January that at least two priests had repeatedly abused students in the 1970s and 1980s. It is now thought that at least 59 former students were victims of the abuse.

Since the first revelations, the scope of the scandal has spread across the country as more and more people have come forward.

"The subject of abuse if not new," said Raue. "But the recent developments go further than any of us thought."

She said that while the revelations are disquieting, she is glad that "this last societal taboo topic" is being discussed in public.

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The investigation into the Jesuit abuse cases will take some time, Raue said, adding that she has still not looked at all the files she has received. She is now investigating whether cases of abuse were known early on and covered up by the order.

The Catholic abuse scandal has rocked the church, with new cases coming to light almost daily. The scandal has even reached Pope Benedict XVI, who has been criticised for his actions regarding abuse cases while he was a bishop in Germany.

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18:30 April 10, 2010 by mixxim
The reason this is so shocking is that we expect them to have higher standards than others. Abuse appears in every walk of life but is quickly forgotten if carried out by Taliban (power for the course - they are evil) by Communists (they are stupid) by Nazis (they are wicked) even by the english (they are .....English?)
22:01 April 10, 2010 by wenddiver
One year with the Jesuits is equal to 500 in Purgatory.
07:20 April 11, 2010 by punkspop
Religion is antiquated. Do people really need to depend on this still? We no longer need a "higher power" to explain why clouds make big boom or hot, liquid rock fires from a mountain. And we certainly don't need "God's representatives" on Earth to absolve sin, etc. Seriously. How can you not feel silly as a christian (not capitalized on purpose)?
11:15 April 11, 2010 by dbert4
Take your pick, they are both correct!

"Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers." Jesse Ventura (American Governor of Minnesota)

"Religion is the opiate of the people". Karl Marx
18:08 April 11, 2010 by michael4096
Religion per se is not a problem. It is the closed-minded intolerance that goes with it that is the real problem. The sort of absolutism that sorts the world into good and evil thus overlooking the evil in the 'good' (abusive priests?) and the good in the 'evil' (anyone who thinks differently)

It's unfortunate that some atheists have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. They've discarded the harmless bit and retained the intolerance
20:55 April 11, 2010 by dbert4
Religion = closed-minded intolerance . Unless one is a Catholic priest, they're rather "enclusive"..... if one is a young boy in any case.

@michael4096 - You find that harmless.....learned that in the seminary did you?
22:46 April 13, 2010 by Plowman
Man of sin Revealed - Pope Benedict XVI

2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
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