Benedict admits false testimony in abuse reports


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Was informed of abuse earlier when he initially stated: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. © Daniel Karmann/dpa

In 1980, the Pope Emeritus took part in a meeting where a priest who had become conspicuous was discussed. Despite allegations of abuse, the man was reinstated as a pastor.

Munich – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. has admitted to having made a false statement in his statement for the abuse report of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Contrary to what was initially claimed, he took part in a meeting in 1980 as archbishop of Munich and Freising at which a priest was discussed who had repeatedly been conspicuous for the sexual abuse of children. This was announced by Benedict’s private secretary, Georg Gänswein, in a press release published by the “Vatican News” portal and the Tagespost Foundation.

That priest was later reinstated as a pastor in Bavaria. dpa


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