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Former Pope Benedict failed to act over abuse, new report finds

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2022-01-21 02:20

The former pope is reported to have submitted dozens of pages of answers to the law firm's questioning, in which he expressed support for the inquiry but denied any knowledge or lack of action around the abuse allegations. The report, however, contains minutes that strongly suggest he was present at a meeting at which the subject was discussed.(Photo by= Reuters)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Former Pope Benedict XVI failed to act over four child abuse cases when he was archbishop of Munich, a German probe into the Catholic Church has alleged. BBC said that Pope Benedict then called Josef Ratzinger, held the position from 1977 to 1982. He has denied the accusations.

But a new report into historical abuse allegations carried out by a German law firm incriminated the former pontiff. The abuse continued under his tenure, it is alleged, and the accused priests remained active in church roles. The former pope, now aged 94, became the first Church leader to resign in more than 600 years in 2013, citing exhaustion. Since then, he has led a largely quiet life in the Vatican City and is known as pope emeritus. The new report from German law firm Westpfahl Spilker Wastl was commissioned by the Catholic Church.

The former pope is reported to have submitted dozens of pages of answers to the law firm's questioning, in which he expressed support for the inquiry but denied any knowledge or lack of action around the abuse allegations. The Vatican said in a statement that it would examine the details of the report once it had been published. In addition to the former pope, the report criticized other Church figures, including the region's current archbishop, Cardinal Reinhard Marx. He’s found to have failed to act in two cases of alleged abuse.



 

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