Posted in: 06/23/2022 – 11:13Last updated: 06/23/2022 – 11:14
Former Pope Benedict and other clergy are facing child sexual abuse charges, following a lawsuit brought by a 38-year-old man in Germany who said he was abused by a priest as a child. This case is considered a precedent in holding Germany accountable for those involved in violations within the church institution.
A lawyer has revealed that a lawsuit against a priest accused of child molestation in Germany seeks to establish whether former Pope Benedict and other clergy are guilty in a landmark case involving sexually assaulted on children.
The lawsuit was filed in the name of a 38-year-old man from the southern state of Bavaria who said he was abused by a priest as a child, the CorkTV research center and weekly newspaper Die Zeit reported.
Andreas Schulz, the lawyer who brought the case to the Traunstein Regional Court, confirmed the report, but a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising declined to comment on the pending lawsuit.
The documents indicated that the lawsuit targets Reverend Peter H., as well as Benedict, who served as Archbishop of Munich and Freising from 1977 to 1982, his successor, Cardinal Friedrich Witter, and another church official.
The case could set a precedent for Germany to hold accountable those responsible for abuse within the church if it results in the first civil trial to look into the alleged charges of church officials.
The media report indicated that the victim, who requested anonymity, was between 11 and 12 years old when the priest showed him pornographic materials and sexually assaulted him, the victim said.
A January report on abuses in the diocese from 1945 to 2019 accused Benedict of failing to take action against clergy in four cases when he was Archbishop of Munich.