ROME — A report launched on Thursday faulted Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for what the authors referred to as misconduct in his dealing with of at the least 4 instances of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergymen when he was the archbishop of Munich, based on the regulation agency that dealt with the investigation.
The report on the dealing with of clerical intercourse abuse of minors within the diocese of Munich and Freising lined the interval between 1945 and 2019. Benedict was archbishop of Munich and Freising from 1977 to 1982 and had oversight over the clerics.
“In a complete of 4 instances, we got here to the conclusion that the then-archbishop, Cardinal Ratzinger, may be accused of misconduct,” stated one of many authors of the report, Martin Pusch, referring to Benedict.
The regulation agency Westpfahl Spilker Wastl, which drafted the report commissioned by the archdiocese of Munich and Freising, stated that Benedict had firmly denied any wrongdoing.
The Vatican stated Thursday that it might learn and look at the report in coming days and provides it “due consideration,” stated the Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni.
“In reiterating the sense of disgrace and regret for the abuse of minors dedicated by clerics, the Holy See ensures its closeness to all of the victims and confirms the trail taken to guard the little ones, guaranteeing them secure environments,” Mr. Bruni stated.
The report additionally accused different senior church figures within the archdiocese of Munich and Freising of mishandling sexual abuse instances.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who’s one among Pope Francis’ closest advisers and who has led the diocese since 2007, supplied his resignation as head of the archdiocese final 12 months to take private accountability for sexual abuse by clergymen over the previous a long time. However Pope Francis rejected his resignation.
The report recognized at the least 497 victims. Most have been boys, 60 p.c between the ages of 6 and 14. It recognized 235 abusers, together with clergymen, deacons and staff of Catholic colleges.
That is removed from the primary revelation of abuse in Germany. In 2018, a report commissioned by the church discovered that clergy had abused at the least 3,677 folks within the nation between 1946 and 2014. Greater than half of the victims have been 13 or youthful. Nearly a 3rd of them had served as altar boys.