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Friday, July 09, 2010

Abbot and Prior of Ettal rehabilitated

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Benediktinerabtei Ettal

Abbot Barnabas Bögle and Father Maurus Kraß rehabilitated

Yesterday Ettal received a letter from Cardinal Franc Rode, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Religious. The letter is addressed to Dr. Abbot Marianus Bieber OSB, deputy Abbot President of the Bavarian Benedictine Congregation. Cardinal Rode announces the result of the Apostolic Visitation:

"Abbot Barnabas Bögle and Prior Maurus stepped down from their offices on 24 and 25th February respectively. On the part of this Congregation,there are no objections to their re-election.

The Visitation confirms in its report that neither the reporting requirement has been violated nor the prescribed Diocesan guidelines for suspected sexual abuse. The Visitation are rather of the opinion that Abbot Barnabas has done all that was possible in the context. "

They also confirm that in the talks, which they conducted with Archbishop of Munich-Freising and his vicar-general both have been assured that there were no concerns about Abbot Barnabas nor against Prior Maurus personally and it can be imagined that both re-enter their roles. "

In addition, the Congregation for Religious gives instructions that an Abbatial election should take place on 31/07/2010.

Michael Müller
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