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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims seek German probe
They ask officials to investigate dioceses like Ireland has
Group especially wants new Munich controversy investigated
A low level church staffer said he 'took the heat' off of the Pope
Now, news accounts report he was 'pressured' to take the blame
“Don’t let bishops handle abuse ‘in house’” SNAP says to chancellor
-likely cover ups by German Catholic dioceses regarding pedophile priests, and
-the controversial re-assignment of a predator priest while then-Cardinal Ratzinger (now the Pope) was his supervisor, and
-recent charges that a lower level church staffer was pressured into taking the blame for the decision, made on Ratzinger’s watch, to put that pedophile back into a parish.
They will also publicly
WHEN: Tuesday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Two weeks ago, German news outlet Der Spiegel reported that a former Munich archdiocesan official was pressured to take responsibility for the reassignment of pedophile priest, Fr. Peter Hullermann, to take the “heat” off of Pope Benedict. (Benedict headed the Munich archdiocese when Hullermann was reassigned to another parish even after being notified that he had indeed sexually abused children.) http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,689761,00.html
SNAP feels this is a very troubling allegation which directly implicates top Catholic officials in very recent deceit, which supports SNAP’s call for an independent investigation. If even now, high ranking church staffers are lying to protect one another from criticism, SNAP believes that bodes ill for any real internal church reform.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests