In recent months the Catholic Church has been rocked by scandal. After widespread accusations of child abuse by priests in Ireland, similar claims have begun emerging from other European countries, including Austria and the Netherlands. Now criticism in Germany is intensifying, especially after the revelation that the current Pope's brother Georg Ratzinger knew about mistreatment of children in his choir.
Retired Austrian Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, forced by the Vatican to relinquish his church duties in amid allegations that he had sexually molested young boys, has died. He was Groer died of pneumonia Sunday night at a hospital in St.
More and more evidence is coming out about Bishop Alois Schwarz, the former Austrian bishop of Gurk-Klagenfurt who is now the new bishop of St. Reports claim that he covered up for an abusive deacon and for a morally corrupt priest. As OnePeterFive reported at the end of June, Bishop Schwarz had come under criticism for having two intimate relationships with female companions, one of them his housekeeper, the other an employee in his diocese.
The Pope held talks with Germany's leading bishop today amid a spiralling abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church in his homeland. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch has apologised to German victims and promised to co-operate with prosecutors. He met Benedict XVI in a previously scheduled audience at the Vatican and is expected to speak at a press conference later.
CNN -- As the Vatican announced Friday that Pope Benedict XVI has signed a pastoral letter about Ireland's abusive priests, it became increasingly clear that the church abuse crisis has entered a new international phase, with allegations spreading across a half dozen countries -- including the pope's native Germany. Allegations of church-based sex abuse are increasing across Europe, including in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. New abuse allegations have surfaced in Brazil, home of the world's largest Catholic population.
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AUSTRIA: The powerful Austrian Catholic Church was plunged into its second big sex scandal in a decade yesterday when a seminary run by arch-conservatives was alleged to be the site of orgies among young priests and their teachers. The Vienna news magazine Profil has published pictures of priests and students engaged in sexual acts, prompting an uproar, emergency meetings of the Church leadership and calls for Bishop Krenn's resignation. The pictures were said to be part of a cache of some 40, photographs and child pornography videos found by Church officials on computers at the seminary a year ago.