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Monastery pays €700,000 to victims of abuse

The Local · 7 Sep 2011, 11:29

Published: 07 Sep 2011 11:29 GMT+02:00

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The compensation payments were determined by an independent board of trustees that judged each case individually. The cases, some of which dated back to the 1950s, included incidents of sexual and psychological abuse as well as severe beatings.

“The monastery was not included in the board’s decision-making process and had no influence on the size of the payments,” a board statement said. The total sum of €700,000 includes the victims’ legal and therapy costs.

The organization representing the Ettal abuse victims welcomed the compensation payments and praised the Benedictine monks for showing the “courage and honesty” to deal with the claims and face the school’s dark history.

The organization also said the average compensation payment for Ettal victims - of €10,000 - doubled the average for Church abuse victims in Germany. But the German Catholic Church still falls short of the payments handed out in other countries. The Irish Church has paid out an average of €68,000 to each abuse victim, an organization statement said.

The organization also pointed out that the Pope’s visit to Germany will cost the Catholic Church €1 per member, while its compensation model for abuse victims - determined by the German Bishops' Conference - cost the church €0.15 per member.

The monastery’s Abbot Barnabas Bögle and the head of the school Maurus Kraß both resigned in the wake of the scandal in February 2010, following pressure from Archbishop of Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

But the Benedictine monks re-elected Bögle later in the year after the Vatican declared there was nothing standing in the way of his return to office. Kraß was also reinstated by the Bavarian Education Ministry later.

At the time, both admitted that regulations on reporting accusations of abuse had not been followed, but a Vatican committee came to the conclusion that the former leaders of the abbey had done nothing wrong regarding the abuse scandal.

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13:06 September 7, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
well, I imagine that 700 grand is quite sizeable for one single monastery to pay out to victims. On the other hand, who knows where that money came from, maybe it was channeled to Ettal from the Vatican, in which case it's small change compared to the Vatican's immense wealth.

This still smacks of hush money. And is a sum between 5,000 and 20,000 euros per victim really enough to make up for the abuse they suffered? Also, even if we accept that the statute of limitations has run out in cases that date back to the 50s, what about instances of child abuse that are still prosecutable? Will we see priests being dragged to court? Regardless of compensation, child sexual abuse is a serious felony that carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison even in Germany. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think I have heard of ANY pedophile priest who has had to go to court (let alone has been convicted) since the German Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal broke in early 2010.
14:44 September 7, 2011 by Grebo
The title makes it sound like they are paying people to abuse victims. "Monastery pays €700,000 to victims of abuse." would be better.
16:26 September 7, 2011 by auniquecorn
The payout is a joke,

The total sum of €700,000 includes the victims¦#39; legal and therapy costs.

99 percent legal and therapy costs.

1 percent victim

Good Plan.

My but still hurts when I sit down.
19:08 September 7, 2011 by derExDeutsche
I wonder if schools will be liable next.
21:37 September 7, 2011 by mirzanr
Economics has to-date failed to devise a tool for putting value to people's lives. An amount ranging between 5000 - 20000 Euro for such a heinous act isn't justified at all.

Culprits must be unveiled and brought to justice to stop such a 'practice'.
23:31 September 7, 2011 by maatf
The abbot and the head of the school resign after the scandal breaks under pressure from the archbishop. Both admitted they had not followed regulations regarding reporting of abuse.

But, the Vatican says they did nothing wrong, so the abbey elects that same abbot again and the head of the school is re-appointed.

No one is responsible. No one faces consequences for failing to act to safeguard the young people. Maybe these two did "nothing wrong" but neither did they do what was right.
23:56 September 7, 2011 by DannyHaszard
Not to diminish the serious sin of the RCC but Please examine the Jehovah's Witnesses who go door to door and come on our property.

Jehovah's Witnesses pedophiles.

Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah's Witnesses require two witnesses when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation. Such allegations have customarily been treated as sins instead of crimes and are only reported to authorities when it is required to do so by law, (which varies by state).

It has also been shown that child molesters within the organization usually have not been identified to the congregation members or the public at large. These people engage in a door to door ministry, possibly exposing children to pedophiles.

The Watchtower corporation has paid out millions in settlement money already.

-- Danny Haszard abuse victim

17:03 September 8, 2011 by Englishted

Did you mean butt ?.
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