Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Church Abuse Study Implicates Priests

Germany: A new report found that more than 250 priests and clerical staff were implicated in abusing children over a 64-year period in the Munich Archdiocese that Pope Benedict XVI once led, but that destruction of church documents over time prevented a full accounting of the scandal.

The report, released Friday by a church-appointed law firm, is the result of a six-month audit of the diocese's vast archives to see how Catholic leaders handled, or mishandled, past sexual abuse cases in the pope's former archdiocese.

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Though similar archival searches have been under way elsewhere since a clerical abuse scandal first rocked Germany and other European countries this year, the Munich investigation has held particular attention because of what skeletons it might unearth from the pope's tenure there as then-Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger from 1977 to 1982.

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