Pope Benedict Reportedly Lenient on Sexual Abuse at Munich Diocese

A sexual abuse probe on Germany’s Munich diocese found that retired Pope Benedict XVI did not act on four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Archdiocese of Munich has asked law firm Westpfahl Spilker Wastl nearly two years ago, to look into sexual abuse cases between 1945 and 2019 and to find out if they were properly resolved. 

“In a total of four cases, we came to the conclusion that the then-archbishop, Cardinal Ratzinger, can be accused of misconduct,” said  Westpfahl Spilker investigator Martin Pusch.

Pusch said two of the cases involved priests who had sexually abused parishioners but were not defrocked while another case involved pedophile priest Peter Hullermann who was transferred to Munich from Essen in western Germany where he allegedly abused an 11-year-old boy.

Hullerman was not defrocked and continued his acts after Pope Benedict who was then known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was sent to the Vatican. 

Pusch said Ratzinger vehemently denied knowing about Hullerman’s activities but changed his response later on and gave a detailed written statement.


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