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Pope Benedict XVI admits being at meeting about abuser priest when he ran Munich archdiocese

An unbiased investigation into abuse by Catholic clergy within the Archdiocese of Munich, the place Benedict was archbishop from 1977 to 1982, final week confirmed minutes of the meeting saying he was current and rejected his denial as “barely credible.”

The admission got here in an announcement to the Catholic News Agency by way of his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who mentioned the error had “not been made out of malicious intent,” however was the “the result of an error in the editorial processing of his statement” to the unbiased investigation commissioned by the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising.

He is “very sorry” for this and requested to be excused, Gänswein mentioned.

Benedict XVI, often called Joseph Ratzinger earlier than turning into pope, plans to subject an in depth assertion at a later date, Gänswein mentioned, including that Benedict requested for understanding that the entire evaluate of the 1,900-page report nonetheless wanted time.

The studying of the report to date, the assertion mentioned, fills him “with shame and pain about the suffering” inflicted on the victims.

Benedict, now 94, turned the primary Pope in centuries to resign when he stepped down in 2013.

His tenure was overshadowed by a world sexual abuse scandal within the Catholic Church, and the investigators’ findings — which now instantly implicate him in a failure to stop and punish abuse — threaten to wreck the repute of the previous pontiff.



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