Hundreds of boys in Pope Benedict XVI brother’s choir abused


This music video from Germany is called Regensburger Domspatzen (22 March 2015): So treiben wir den Winter aus.

Hidden behind this fine music is a sad story of Roman Catholic clerical sexual child abuse.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Massive abuse of choirboys of Regensburger Domspatzen choir

Today, 19:06

Priests and teachers of the world famous choir of the cathedral in the German city of Regensburg have in recent decades abused at least 231 choristers and mistreated them. These are many more than the 72 cases that the diocese itself had already admitted.

Lawyer Ulrich Weber spoke last year on behalf of the diocese with those involved. He could also consult secret archives. Weber fears that the actual number of victims is even higher.

The lawyer suspects that on about a third of the 2100 students who came to Regensburg between 1953 and 1992 physical violence has been inflicted.

Rape

The sexual assaults ranged from fondling to rape. Furthermore, boys said they were beaten bloodily with sticks, key rings or seal rings. Children who wetted their beds were not allowed to drink anything any more.

Most of these crimes are now barred. Within the diocese, Weber says people already knew what was happening, but for fear of personal consequences and implications for the choir, nothing was done about it.

The diocese has promised victims 2500 euros as compensation.

1000 year

The Regensburger Domspatzen is one of the most famous choirs in the world and the oldest boys’ choir in Germany. In 1976 it celebrated its millennium.

Between 1964 and 1994 the choir was led by Georg Ratzinger, the now 91-year-old brother of Pope Benedict XVI. The choir has also a school and a boarding school connected to it.

Pope Benedict XVI visits the Regensburger Domspatzen

This DPA photo shows Pope Benedict XVI visiting the Regensburger Domspatzen.

Sexual assault reports surge at three US military academies by more than 50%: here.

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