Abuse report: Ratzinger corrects misstatement – politics


Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. has corrected a central statement in his statement on the Munich abuse report: Contrary to his own account, he took part in a decisive Ordinariate meeting on January 15, 1980 as Archbishop of Munich and Freising. The shared his private secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, on Monday with.

That meeting dealt with the admission of priest Peter H. from the diocese of Essen. Peter H. had already been noticed as an abuser in Essen, later he committed further abuses in the service of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. Benedict XVI had denied his presence at the meeting. The experts considered this “unbelievable” – first of all, Ratzinger was not listed as absent in the minutes in question. Secondly, Ratzinger’s speeches were recorded in the document, including “the Lord Cardinal” reporting on talks between German bishops and Pope John Paul II.

Ratzinger took part in the meeting on January 15, 1980, explains Georg Gänswein. The papal private secretary goes on to write: “So the statement to the contrary was objectively wrong.” The Pope Emeritus “would like to emphasize that this was not done out of bad faith, but was the result of an error in the editing of his statement.” He will explain how this came about in a detailed statement at a later date. However, he is very sorry for the mistake and apologizes for it.

However, the statement that the pastoral assignment of the priest in question was not decided at this meeting remains objectively correct, as documented by the documents. “Rather, the request was only granted to allow him to stay in Munich during his therapeutic treatment.”

Benedict XVI works through the assessment

According to Gänswein, the report has been available to the Pope Emeritus since Thursday afternoon. “He is currently reading carefully the statements contained there, which fill him with shame and pain at the suffering inflicted on the victims.” Even if he tries to read quickly, he asks for your understanding that he still needs time to read “given his age and his health, but also because of the large volume”.

The spokesman for the “Eckiger Tisch” initiative for those affected, Matthias Katsch, was disappointed by the statement: Benedikt only apologized for a false statement. “He should actually apologize for the whole process, because he is partly responsible for the fact that this priest was able to endanger children in the diocese for decades,” said Katsch. Overall, the experts Benedikt XVI. Misconduct charged in four counts. All other responsible persons from 1945 to 2019 will also be charged.


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