Vatican learnt of German bishop abuse in 2009: Statement

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 18:39

Vatican City: The Vatican on Wednesday said it
learnt in January 2009 that German-born former bishop Georg
Mueller had admitted to sexually abusing a minor in Norway 20
years ago.

"The affair concerns a case of sexual abuse of a minor in
the early 1990s, which came to the attention of Church
authorities in January 2009," Vatican spokesman Federico
Lombardi said in a statement as the snowballing paedophilia
priest scandal reached Norway.
"The matter was quickly addressed and examined by the
Stockholm nunciature (apostolic embassy), on the order of the
(Vatican morals enforcer) Congregation for the Doctrine of the
Faith," he said.

"In May 2009, the bishop tendered his resignation, which
was rapidly accepted by the Holy Father, and he left the
prelature in June. He underwent a period of therapy and no
longer carries out pastoral work."
The statement added: "From a legal standpoint, the case
had dropped because the statute of limitation had expired. The
victim... has always asked to remain anonymous."

The victim, a choir boy at the time of the abuse, is now
aged around 30.


First Published: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 18:39
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