Thanks to Klady for sending the link to
this Austrian cartoon in to MadPriest Towers.


The German archdiocese led by the future Pope Benedict XVI ignored repeated warnings in the early 1980s by a psychiatrist treating a priest accused of sexually abusing boys that he should not be allowed to work with children, the psychiatrist said Thursday.

“I said, ‘For God’s sake, he desperately has to be kept away from working with children,’ ” the psychiatrist, Dr. Werner Huth, said in a telephone interview from Munich. “I was very unhappy about the entire story.”

Dr. Huth said he issued the explicit warnings — both written and oral — before the future pope, then Joseph Ratzinger, archbishop of Munich and Freising, left Germany for a position in the Vatican in 1982.

In 1980, after abuse complaints from parents in Essen that the priest did not deny, Archbishop Ratzinger approved a decision to move the priest to Munich for therapy.

Despite the psychiatrist’s warnings, Father Hullermann was allowed to return to parish work almost immediately after his therapy began, interacting with children as well as adults. Less than five years later, he was accused of molesting other boys, and in 1986 he was convicted of sexual abuse in Bavaria.

The psychiatrist said in an interview that he did not have any direct communications with Archbishop Ratzinger and did not know whether or not the archbishop knew about his warnings. Though he said he had spoken with several senior church officials, Dr. Huth’s main contact at the time was a bishop, Heinrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen, who died in 2000.


VOW OF SILENCE — 5 Comments

  1. The leader of any organization is solely RESPONSIBLE for any and all actions of subordinates. Anyone with any integrity knows this and does not avoid that responsibility.

    That a subordinate has taken “responsibility’ for the thoughtless, careless, and dangerous decision to allow a pedophile access to children, means NOTHING.

    The true responsibility sits at the top of the hierarchy, because no one holds any position within that heirarchy without the consent of the person at the head of it.

  2. It would be interesting to know how many warnings of this kind were issued by psychiatrists. I hope more come forward.

  3. This is just unspeakably sad and disgusting. The RCC has done such a disservice to faith, to God and to humanity as to make me shake my head in both disbelief and utter horror. How could they stand by and let this happen? How could they try to cover up such horrific wrong? How do they see this as being Christ like? I’m am so happy to be among the ex-Catholics. I could not bear this burden of association. Shame.

  4. I wouldn’t give up all hope Sherry. If the Irish are anything to go by I have a feeling that this horrible mess will actually galvanise the laity into doing something to save their church. Already the hierarchy is being forced to respond to the point of the pope being personally involved which is quite a sea change in the way they prefer to do things. And most of the rest of us want a reformed Roman Catholic church with open communion, not a dead Roman catholic church. We must always hope for redemption from even the most vile situations. But, on the other hand, it’s always satisfying when a Roman Catholic does jump ship 🙂