Vatican City: The Vatican on Friday dismissed a fresh allegation by the New York Times that Pope Benedict XVI, as archbishop of Munich, failed to bar the transfer of a known paedophile priest.
"The then archbishop had no knowledge of the decision to reassign (Reverend Peter Hullerman) to pastoral activities in a parish," the Vatican said in a statement, adding that it "rejects any other version of events as mere speculation”.
Hullerman was suspended from his duties in the northern German town of Essen in late 1979 over allegations that he abused an 11-year-old boy.
The following January, the then Joseph Ratzinger led a meeting approving Hullerman`s transfer to Munich despite a memo warning that the priest was a potential "danger”, the
Six years later, in 1986, Hullerman was found guilty of molesting boys in another Bavarian parish.
"The article in the New York Times contains no new information beyond that which the archdiocese has already communicated concerning the then archbishop`s knowledge of the situation of Father H," the Vatican said.