This video from the USA is called German and Irish Churches Face Sexual Abuse Scandals.
Translated from the Focus site in Germany today:
Trust in the Catholic Church disappearing
More than half of Germans (56 percent) have no confidence in the Catholic Church. In a survey of FOCUS 18 percent of respondents said they trusted the church, which is currently being rocked by an abuse scandal. 26 percent were undecided. 26 percent of Catholics polled in the survey were thinking about resigning from their church. For the FOCUS survey the Zeppelin University and Münster Research questioned 613 representatively selected persons.
Approximately ten weeks after the first abuse cases in state and church schools became known, more and more new victims turned up. Also on the nature and extent of the acts, new details became known this weekend.
The lawyer hired by the Jesuits Ursula Raue said nationwide she now knows about 170 victims. Including 59 former students of the Berlin Canisius College, where in late January, the first suspected cases had been made public. She has also found out that nationwide in the 1950s and 1960s, there has been abuse by priests of the Jesuit order. Ms Raue did not say what the exact number of previously accused perpetrators was.
Also against the Hessian Odenwald school, this weekend new allegations have been made: according to the victims’ lawyer Thorsten Kahl, in the middle of this decade, there had been yet another case of humiliation. The victim had not gone public because of pressure by former classmates, said Kahl. The private boarding school announced on the occasion of its upcoming 100-year celebration, there would be a panel discussion with prominent ex-students, including Amelie Fried and Johannes von Dohnanyi, on the subject of abuse.
“Extreme attacks” at boarding school Birklehof
Former students of the well known boarding school in the Black Forest, Birklehof, have, according to a media report, also made more abuse accusations. At the boarding school in Hinterzarten there are said to have been sexual assaults. These crimes may be not time-barred yet, the Frankfurter Rundschau wrote. The public prosecution in Freiburg confirmed to the paper that this would be investigated. “It is said to have been extreme physical abuse and sexual assaults,” said a spokesman for the authorities to the newspaper. One of the accused is a doctor who had practiced regularly for almost 30 years at the school until2004.
Thomas Pfister, a mediator employed by the Upper Bavarian monastery Ettal, when interviewed by FOCUS, expressed shock about the accounts of former students. “There were reports about such perverse atrocities that I could not sleep at night,” said the lawyer. Among other things, the victims would have had to eat living salamanders. They also reported beatings with skiing poles, and such hard blows that they burst the boys’ eardrums. A now 74-year-old cleric had a reputation as an “uncontrolled thug.”
“For me, the issue of abuse is not new,” said Raue, who had been active for long time for the charity “Innocence in Danger“. “However, the current developments are beyond any ideas we had before it started.” The expert, however, thinks that it is good that the abuse issue has become so prominent now. “That was one of the last social taboo topics. That is now being talked about and that is perceived what injuries it can cause, I consider right and important.”
According to Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad, the head of the Salesian Roman Catholic order in the Netherlands says it is “stupid” that there was lack of openness about sexual abuse scandals involving the order.
Bishop ‘blames Jews’ for criticism of Catholic church record on abuse: here.
London buses to carry female ordination advert during pope’s visit: here.
Decades of Molestation Haunt Odenwaldschule: here.