Saturday, July 10, 2010

Head of German bishops admits failures in abuse scandal

Politik: Zollitsch rauemt Fehler ein

The Freiburg Archbishop Robert Zollitsch acknowledged personal mistakes in the abuse scandal in the church and asked the victims for forgiveness. The chairman of the Catholic German Bishops' Conference met with victims of the former parish priest of Oberharmersbach (Ortenaukreis). He is alleged to have been sexually abused twenty altar boys and other children. In 1991 he was transferred only into retirement, but not prosecuted. As he was then the personnel officer for the Archdiocese, he should have pursued the evidence from Oberharmersbach 1992 with greater urgency and sought more intensive discussions with victims and witnesses, admitted Zollitsch yesterday.
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