This video from CNN in the USA is called Catholic abuse scandal.
From British daily The Guardian:
Pope implicated in fresh allegations over sex abuse by second Catholic priest
* Stephen Bates
* Friday 26 March 2010 11.36 GMT
Fresh revelations have been made directly implicating Pope Benedict XVI in mishandling the case of a paedophile priest in his former archdiocese of Munich. The allegations come a day after the Vatican responded angrily to the allegation that the former Cardinal Ratzinger had ignored an American diocese’s request that another predatory priest should be defrocked.
According to the New York Times, the former Cardinal Ratzinger, as Archbishop of Munich, attended a meeting in January 1980 at which the transfer of Father Peter Hullermann from the diocese of Essen where his parishioners had accused him of abusing boys to Munich was agreed.
The move was meant to allow him to undergo therapy, but instead he was immediately posted to a parish in Bavaria, where he continued to abuse children.
Previously, the Vatican has asserted that the pope had not known of Hullermann‘s transfer and not been responsible for taking any decisions in the case, which occurred a year before he moved to Rome to head the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the church’s main doctrinal disciplinary body. But a memorandum discovered by the paper show[s] that he attended the meeting and that the reason for the priest’s transfer was clear, even though not explicitly stated.
Hullermann had been removed from his previous parish in September 1980 and did not deny the allegations made against him. Correspondence at the end of that year referred to a formal request that he should be transferred for psychiatric treatment in Munich. Although sexual abuse of boys was not explicitly mentioned in the letter from Essen, it stated: “Reports from the congregation in which he was last active made us aware that Chaplain Hullermann presented a danger that caused us to immediately withdraw him from pastoral duties.” It warned of possible legal action but suggested that Hullermann could teach religion “at a girls’ school”.
A report, drawn up by one of Ratzinger’s closest colleagues before the meeting stated, that a young chaplain needed “medical-psychotherapeutic treatment in Munich” and a place to live with “an understanding colleague”. It presented the priest from Essen as a “very talented man, who could be used in a variety of ways.” As soon as he arrived, however, Hullermann was placed in a parish, where he continued to abuse boys before being convicted six years later.
The suggestion that Ratzinger was more closely involved in the case than previously suggested followed allegations that Ratzinger, as head of the congregation in Rome in the mid 1990s, acceded to a plea from American priest Father Lawrence Murphy that he should not be disciplined or defrocked for abusing as many as 200 deaf boys at a school where he taught between 1950 and 1974. Murphy died a few months later and there have been allegations that earlier bishops in his diocese had ignored the complaints against him and that the diocese tried to hush the matter up.
The continuing and spreading allegations are devastating the authority and reputation of the Church – the world’s largest Christian denomination with more than 1 billion adherents. Previously the Vatican has denied accusations that it has covered up systemic abuse by priests in many countries for decades in the interests of protecting its reputation. It formerly blamed a handful of perverted priests and even suggested that abuse was a problem of the church in “Anglo-Saxon” countries, including the Irish diaspora.
The pope has apologised for the way the church handled allegations without accepting any personal responsibility for his actions in Munich nor during his 24 years as head of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith in Rome. However, the accusations are getting closer to him all the time.
The Vatican’s spokesman, attempting to stem the relentless tide of allegations that the church – and now the pope himself – covered up or dismissed complaints against clergy paedophiles in the 1980s and 90s, complained about an “obvious and ignoble attempt to strike at all costs Benedict and his closest collaborators”. A statement published in the official Vatican daily paper L’Osservatore Romano said: “The prevalent tendency in the media is to gloss over the facts and force interpretations with the aim of spreading an image of the Catholic church almost as if it were the only (institution) responsible for sexual abuses.”
Meanwhile, speculation is rife that Cardinal Sean Brady, the head of the church in Ireland, will shortly offer his resignation following accusations that he as a young priest took part in a cover up and the silencing of victims of a paedophile priest there. The cardinal has apologised, but has so far resisted calls that he should go.
Cardinal Defends Pope but Calls for “Housecleaning”; Italian TV Airs Allegations From Ex-Students at School for Deaf: here.
Survivor of Clergy Sexual Abuse in Boston: The Catholic Church Leaders Have Not Cleansed the Cancer of Child Sexual Abuse: here.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell demanded the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday following allegations of a cover-up of child sex abuse by the Catholic church: here.