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The new report on sexual abuse in the archbishopric of Munich and Freising has the emeritized Pope Benedict XVI. and the reigning Archbishop Reinhard Marx heavily burdened. Benedict, as then Münchner Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger in four cases, did not do anything against the abuse accused cleric, the appraisers participated in Munich on Thursday. In an opinion, Benedikt denied his responsibility "strictly", but the appraisers do not consider this credible, as lawyer Martin Pusch said.

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in two cases where the appraisers see a misconduct of the then Münchner Archbishops, it had gone to clerics to whom the abuse states attested by state courts were to be accrued. Both priests have stayed in the pastoral care, nothing has been made from church. An interest in the abuse of abuse was "not recognizable" at Ratzinger.

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The experts are now also convinced that Ratzinger had knowledge of the prehistory of the priest Peter H., who came from the diocese of Munich in 1980. H. was condemned as pedophilians and later started in the Archdiocese of Munich other abuse. Ratzinger disputed in an opinion in the Ordinariats meeting in January 1980, which was decided to establish H.S.

"We consider the statement of the Papst's Benedict, he had not been present at this meeting, for little credible," said Lawyer Ulrich Wastl. He referred to the minutes of the meeting. Ratzinger was unlike in such cases, not as absent. Moreover, the minutes of the protocol of the former Cardinal to other topics - he also spoke in the meeting even.

lawyer Pusch said Ratzinger initially showed an "initial defense posture" when creating the report. But he later abandoned and commented in writing in detail.

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of the press spokesman of the Vatican, Matteo Bruni, announced that the church state will now study the report previously not known to the Vatican. The Holy Chair reaffirms "his sense of shame and repentance for the abuse of minors by spiritual". At the same time, the Catholic Church wanted to stay on the path taken to protect the children.

Marx threw the expert inactivity. Regardless of a variety of messages, only in "relatively small number" should be determined that the cardinal deals immediately with abuse cases at all, Pusch said. In addition, Marx is in two suspected cases to accrue a concrete faulty behavior.

The appraisers had investigated cases of sexual abuse in the archbishopric since the post-war period. Pusch said Marx had retreated to a "moral responsibility" and seen direct responsibility in the General Vikariat.

In the case of one for the institution he proposal, central topic ", in our opinion, it is too short to refer to the jurisdiction and responsibility to him undertaken officials," said Pusch. It is questionable what if not sexual abuse, chief is. Only from the year 2018 there was a changed attitude at Marx.

Marx itself remained away from the presentation of the expertise. The experts criticized this publicly, they had invited the cardinal specially. In the afternoon, Marx wants to submit an opinion. In terms of content, he wants to express himself in a week.

Overall, according to the report for the Munich Archbishopric at 235 out of 261 studied employees of the Church, references to sexually abusive behaviors. Of these were 173 priests. The study goes from 497 victims - 247 of which male and 182 female. In 68 other cases, a reliable assignment was not possible. 60 percent of male victims were between eight and 14 years old.

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"I wear moral responsibility": Cardinal Marx expresses itself to abuse report .
The Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx has granted failure in dealing with abuse victims. The greatest guilt is to have overlooked those affected, Marx said on Thursday in the Catholic Academy in Munich in a reaction to the abuse report of the law firm Westpfahl Spilker Wastl. © dpa Cardinal Marx wants to remain in office as Archbishop of Munich and Freising. "That's unforgivable. There was no real interest in her suffering.

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