Abuse in the Archdiocese of Munich: “Benedict XVI in a bad light”

Status: 01/20/2022 2:07 p.m

Untimely view of sexualised violence and unbelievable assertions that he knew nothing about some cases of abuse: Benedict XVI. shied away from his responsibilities, says NDR-Church expert Breitmeier.

A lawyer’s report on sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising charged the emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. heavy. Florian Breitmeier, Head of the NDR-Redaktion “Church and Society”, speaks in the tagesschau24 interview – as well as the Munich lawyers – of a “balance sheet of terror”.

The assertion that the former Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger knew nothing about the background of a repeat offender who was transferred from Essen to Munich, which the lawyers consider not very credible, as well as his view of what sexualized abuse is, cast a bad light on the clergyman Breitmeier.

“Report shows the balance of horror” Florian Breitmeier, head of the NDR editorial office Church and Society

tagesschau24 12:00 p.m., 20.1.2022

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So Benedict XVI. such as baring yourself in front of a young person or showing pornographic material is not considered sexual abuse. This indicates that the former pope is closing himself off to the common view of sexualized violence against children and young people and is thereby evading responsibility, says Breitmeier.

With regard to Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who has also been incriminated by the report and has headed the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising since 2008, Breitmeier does not consider it impossible that he will now offer his resignation for the second time.

The Munich lawyers accuse him of misconduct in two cases. Marx already wanted to resign last year – i.e. before the report published today. However, Pope Francis had rejected his request.

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