[–] think- 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Die Zeit wrote that researchers weren't allowed to look at the original church files but had to provide questionnaires to the dioceses, which then provided the information.

Hahahaha. Brilliant! So this was pre-selected stuff? Everything that would actually have been a bombshell was left out?

Like info about ritual abuse, info about abuse by bishops, pedophile rings in the church etc.?

Or how do they justify the 'pre-selection'?

On a side note, even Snopes now confirms there are pedophile rings in the Catholic Church!


[–] Factfinder2 [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

The testimonies of victims whose records were found to be "manipulated or destroyed" should be given special attention because, as you point out, those are likely to be the most egregious of crimes and/or committed by the highest-ranking perverts.


[–] fogdryer 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The Germans have so much to answer for ! Btw I am from Germany


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[–] carmencita 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

From Der Spiegel:

Sexual offenses committed in religious communities - such as the Canisius College or the Benedictine Gymnasium Ettal - have not been included in the report. The same applies to incidents in children's homes run by the church or attacks by church pastors in non-church institutions. The 500 victims of physical and sexual violence at the Regensburger Domspatzen were also excluded.

The scientists had no access to reports of sexual offenses in German dioceses reported directly to the Congregation of the Faith in Rome.

Regensburger Domspatzen Sexual Abuse Includes the Brother of Pope Benedict XVI

Regensburger Domspatzen choir: More than 500 boys abused

The latest findings into the decades of abuse in the Regensburg Domspatzen Catholic boys choir implicate 49 church members. Victims described their time in the choir as like "a prison, hell and a concentration camp."

A total of 547 young boys from the famous Regensburger Domspatzen ("cathedral sparrows") choir were subjected to physical and sexual abuse at the hands of priests and teachers, according to the attorney tasked with investigating the alleged abuse.

Victims described their schooling and choir experience as like "a prison, hell and a concentration camp," Weber said, adding that many had described those years as "the worst time of their lives, characterized by fear, violence and hopelessness."

The choir was run by Georg Ratzinger, the elder brother of former Pope Benedict XVI, from 1964 to 1994, when most of the abuse is believed to have occurred.

Weber has repeatedly alleged that Ratzinger must have known of some of the cases, although he has denied having any information.

As was widely expected, Weber's report on Tuesday revealed that the number of victims was markedly higher than initially thought. The abuse claims date back to 1945, with the majority of cases reportedly taking place in the 1960s and 1970s. However, the last record of physical abuse carried out against young boys dates back to as recently as 1992.

The report's authors said they hoped their findings would help the victims find peace and come to terms with the suffering they experienced during their childhood.

Officials from the Regensburg diocese have yet to give their position on the findings, although the church has been working closely with victims' representatives since the allegations came to light.

Last year, the church offered to pay victims compensation of between 5,000 and 20,000 euros ($5,800 and $23,000). Following Weber's report, that figure will now be decided by an independent body.


Pope's brother's former school is linked to sex abuse

A former member of the boys' choir of the Regensburger Domspatzen school in the state of Bavaria claims he was abused at the school that runs the choir in the 1960s. The school was headed by the pope's brother Georg Ratzinger from 1964 to 1994.

The diocese in charge of the Roman Catholic Regensburger Domspatzen School told reporters on Friday their research showed that two chaplains were convicted for sexual abuse committed between the late 1950s and the late 1960s, but that there were no new cases.

But Ratzinger, a Roman Catholic priest and church musician, told German public radio station Bayerischer Rundfunk that he had no knowledge of any cases of abuse at the school.

Not having any knowledge of sexual abuse seems to run in the family.


[–] Factfinder2 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Nice addition--thanks. When an entity investigates itself for wrongdoing, you can always be sure you're not getting everything in the final report.


[–] carmencita 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

They are still hiding plenty. They are hoping they can get away with hiding the SRA. That is the Stunner in the Grand Jury that did not get reported. Someone I know told me she was not allowed to be interviewed because her case would have fallen under SRA. That is what they are working like mad to avoid. If those stories ever come out - Katie Barr the Door.


[–] derram 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

https://archive.fo/qBm9g :

3,677 sex abuse cases in German Catholic Church | Daily Mail Online

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