From THE LOCAL (Germany):

The Catholic priest at the centre of a paedophilia scandal that has embroiled Pope Benedict XVI was suspended from duty late Monday amid revelations he was still working with children 25 years after he was convicted of sexual abuse. Another priest who had the job of overseeing convicted paedophile Peter H., resigned in response to the latest information was made public.

Priest Peter H. was accused of sexually abusing boys in the Diocese of Essen in 1980, including forcing an 11-year-old to perform oral sex. Pope Benedict XVI, who was then Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger of Munich and Freising, approved Peter H.’s transfer to Munich for therapy. Peter H. was soon approved for return to full pastoral duties and continued to serve in a series of Bavarian parishes but six years later was convicted of sexually abusing children in the Bavarian town of Grafing.

According to daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, Peter H. had conducted several youth church activities, including a camping trip as recently as last summer, though there were no indications of further abuse.

Rupert Frania, the priest in charge of the congregation in Bad Tölz, where Peter H. spent the last year and a half, said in an interview on Sunday that his superiors did not tell them about the priest’s history of sexual abuse. The Archbishopric of Munich and Freising has however distanced itself from this claim.

COMMENT: You know, I'm really looking forward to Benny's little chat to us about morality. I shall certainly be going to his seminar on avoidance strategies.


A SICK FARCE — 4 Comments

  1. It’s nice that Benny has guys ready to take the blame for him.

    I seem to recall that when I was in the US Navy we were told that while authority could be delegated, responsibility could not.

    This is why the tradition was that the Captain always went down with the ship, no matter who was directly at fault for the sinking.

    I guess that in the Church it’s the other way around: responsibility can be delegated, but authority can not.

    It’s good to be the Pope, ain’t it?

  2. Harkening back to our discussion of a few days ago, I just want to reiterate that when one forces an 11-year-old boy to perform oral sex on one, more than “celibacy” is going on. Perhaps the perpetrator at one time was the victim. But for whatever reason, I suspect that many are drawn to the priesthood in an attempt to escape their demons.

  3. What’s weird is that they never retired him even after he was convicted in 1986. I can just imagine what would happen if a public school did the same.

  4. Why don’t you bloody well ARREST this “Josef Ratzinger” creep, while he’s visiting Blighty?

    [Seeing as it’s unlikely he’ll be indicted in his State of residence! >:-/]