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Abuse allegations against Vatican diplomats

He was well connected, up in the top of the Vatican: A high-ranking Clergyman to a subordinate priest, ten years ago sexually abused. His lawyer speaks of a "malicious slander".

From Uwe Ritzer, Eichstätt

One of the highest-ranking clergy in the diocese of Eichstätt is accused of a subordinate priest repeatedly sexually abused. The deeds are said to have more than ten years ago, as today, the Canon was as the leading Church diplomat at the Vatican. He denies all the allegations, his lawyer spoke of a "malicious slander".

The imagenewspaper quoted from a Letter from the alleged victim, in the of the "frequent sexual Assault". "If I fought back, sometimes against the attacks, he has punished me with harassment," writes priest about his former superiors. "I'm mentally ill." There is medical documentation that would prove the abuse. They were met at the state Secretariat of the Vatican, where the two priests served. The Accused was there from 2001 to 2008, in a leading function in the German section. He has prepared, among other things, two Germany visits of then Pope Benedict XVI, and was considered to be well connected to the top of the Vatican.

After many years in the diplomatic service of the Catholic Church, most recently in Vienna, he returned in 2012, surprisingly, in his home diocese of Eichstätt. There, he belongs to since then, the Cathedral Chapter, the governing body of the diocese. Already in the course of his change, there was evidence of alleged sexual Assault during his time in Austria. All of the allegations at the time in personal conversations with the Affected and in contact with the staff person in charge of the diplomatic service in Rome questioned, a diocese spokesman. "None of that would have made a Act of pages of the diocese" needed.

Ironically, the well-known the case in question falls now in time, with critical remarks from the Eichstätter Bishop Gregor Maria Hanke for dealing with abuse cases in the Catholic Church. The cover-up have their cause in a "closed circle, in which the self-criticism has no place," said Hanke, in a Christian magazine. "Dealing with the abuse cases in the past is certainly a proof that the Institution of the Church suffers from its own self-fixation." Hanke's speaker is not insured, a connection between the Comments and the current case, there was nothing.

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