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Munich Abuse Hype: Ratzinger Would Have Been Better Off Keeping Quiet

Munich's Archdiocese published a so-called expert report on alleged abuse cases on January 20, including an 82-page statement by Benedict XVI in which he strictly denies any wrongdoing.

But the lawyer Martin Pusch who belongs to a profession not known for their love of truth, considers his statements "not very credible". He accuses Ratzinger of misconduct in four instances.

The most important case is an Essen priest, convicted of homosexual abuse. In the early 1980s, Munich's Archdiocese took him in. There he committed further abuses until 2008.

Ratzinger has repeatedly emphasised that he "knew nothing" of the priest's previous history at the time of his admission in Munich and that he was not present at the corresponding ordinariate meeting.

This is contradicted by the corresponding minutes, which mention how "the Cardinal" also reported at the said meeting on the funeral service for the deceased Cardinal Alfred Bengsch of Berlin and confidential discussions with John Paul II about the theologian Hans Küng.

The case had already boiled up in 2010. At that time, the former Vicar General Gerhard Gruber took sole responsibility. Later he explained that he had been pushed into doing so. Gruber does not doubt that Ratzinger knew the circumstances that led to the priest’s re-assignment. The study deals with 235 alleged perpetrators - 173 of them priests - and 497 mostly male victims.

The report paints a completely distorted picture of the facts by projecting today's abuse hysteria, which is mostly confined to priests, back into history. At that time, abuses were not tackled with today's standards. In circles to which today's oligarch media belong, child abuse was publicly practised and its legalisation sought.

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Jan Kanty Lipski
Ultraviolet
"Ratzinger has repeatedly emphasised that he "knew nothing" of the priest's previous history..." Hogan's Heroes: Vatican Edition. :P
Les Crispi
@SML2 why would the German church do this? Why would these Lutheran wanna bes go after Benedict XVI? We don't know if this is true or not and, moreover, BXVI really can't defend himself at this time.

The German church hates B16 because of his late turn to the right, or at least center. They are radically anti-Catholic.
SML2
Ratzinger knew about everything and did nothing... He focused on his career. He knew as prefect like all the popes since Pius XII about Marcial Maciel Degollado. What did Jesus say about abusing children?
John A Cassani
I’m not one to defend any bishop on his handling of abuse of children, but, my understanding of the Maciel situation was that he was being protected by Cardinal Sodano, who was more powerful than Ratzinger. Also, the CDF, if I remember right, didn’t get jurisdiction over priest abusers until sometime after the scandal broke out in Boston, shortly before Ratzinger became Pope. And, Maciel was one …More
I’m not one to defend any bishop on his handling of abuse of children, but, my understanding of the Maciel situation was that he was being protected by Cardinal Sodano, who was more powerful than Ratzinger. Also, the CDF, if I remember right, didn’t get jurisdiction over priest abusers until sometime after the scandal broke out in Boston, shortly before Ratzinger became Pope. And, Maciel was one of the first matters he tackled in his pontificate. It doesn’t excuse everything, by any means, but I don’t think Maciel is a good example to use against Ratzinger.
Rafał_Ovile
You may be attempting at justifying your guilty conscience of rejecting true pope and cowardice against his public recognition. The only way out of self- contradiction in rejecting the good man which God has given the Church and being complicit in usurper's acts is to pray for pope Benedict XVI.