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Mounting German abuse scandal: nearly 100 Church workers suspected

Catholic World News - February 08, 2010

Nearly 100 German priests and Church lay workers-- only 30 of whom have faced prosecution-- are suspected of abusing children, according to a survey of German dioceses conducted by Der Spiegel. “The revelations show a dark chapter of the Church that horrifies me,” said Father Hans Langendoerfer, secretary of the German bishops’ conference.

Abuse allegations center around four Jesuit schools and date primarily from the 1970s and 1980s. A man identified by Der Spiegel as Wolfgang S., who left the Society of Jesus in 1992 and now lives in South America, apologized for abusing children at a Berlin Jesuit school. “I'm sorry for what I did to you. And if you are capable, I ask you to forgive me.” He said he had “again and again come into close contact with the torturers and victims” of Chile’s Pinochet regime following his move to the South American nation. “I was confronted with my mirror image as a tormenter of children.”

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  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Feb. 10, 2010 9:12 AM ET USA

    No surprise here. A German friend related to me how his brother was in a German seminary in late 1980's and how appalled he was at all the deviants and homosexuals around him. Is it any wonder then how wounded the Church is by what these demons wrought? We must clean out the filth and if we are then left with only a small number of holy priests then, so be it.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 08, 2010 3:38 PM ET USA

    This cesspool just won't drain, will it?

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