12.01.2022 – 06:00
In the coming week, a law firm commissioned by the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising wants to present a comprehensive report on abuse in the Archdiocese. The case of the priest Peter H., who, despite a final conviction for multiple child abuse, continued to work in pastoral care, will play a central role.
The current research by CORRECTIV and Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) shows a previously unknown case of abuse. Accordingly, despite knowledge of his previous crimes, the church not only let the priest work unmolested with children, but also hushed up evidence of new attacks.
A victim reports to CORRECTIV and the BR for the first time how he was abused as a child in the early 1990s by Peter H. in the Bavarian parish of Garching an der Alz for several years, although the priest had previously been convicted of child abuse by a court in Bavaria was. The H. case is one of the most serious abuse scandals within the Catholic Church: allegations of sexual violence against children against the clergy from Gelsenkirchen have been on record since the late 1970s. The Catholic Church repeatedly transferred the pastor to new parishes. In 1980, the then archbishop and later Pope Joseph Ratzinger approved his admission to the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising. When asked by CORRECTIV and BR, however, he denies having knowledge of the allegations made against H.
The victim’s statements to CORRECTIV and the BR are particularly explosive, as the abuse took place when H. was under the supervision of a retired auxiliary bishop. The bishop, together with H., looked after the communities of Garching an der Alz and Engelsberg for seven years, was informed about the dangerousness of priest H., but apparently did not protect the children, but the perpetrator. The auxiliary bishop was a long-time friend of Ratzinger, who also visited him once in the community.
In an interview with CORRECTIV and the BR, the person concerned said: “Everyone in the church was aware of this. To send this condemned and untreatable man back to a church and to have so many children and young people work with him makes it easy just stunned and somewhat aggressive. ”
In a church judgment on H., which is available to CORRECTIV and the BR, the deeds of this priest are openly addressed, but largely trivialized. The knowledge of the superiors up to the then Archbishop Ratzinger about the dangerousness of the priest is documented there. However, the ecclesiastical judgment plays down references to acts committed in the 1990s and there is no reference to the role of the deceased auxiliary bishop under whose supervision the perpetrator was.
According to his own statements, the victim also spoke to the Munich law firm, which prepared the report on behalf of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. The victim’s lawyer has announced that he will prosecute the bishops.
Bayerischer Rundfunk reported on Wednesday, January 12th about the new developments in the Peter H. case on br24.de, in “Funkstreifzug” (BR24 Radio) at 12:17 pm and in the BR policy magazine “Kontrovers” (BR Fernsehen) at 9:15 pm.
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