Pope Benedict XVI Accused of Ignoring Child Abuse

Pope Benedict XVI Accused of Ignoring Child Abuse by Priests

(ConservativeHub.com) – The Catholic Church has a long-standing history of abuse scandals. When victims started to come forward, the Church began acting to punish those who had committed the crimes or helped to keep them quiet. Investigators now say former Pope Benedict XVI is among those who ignored the evils happening within the archdiocese.

On January 20, the German law firm Westphal Spilker Wastl, which was investigating the Church’s handling of years of abuse scandals, presented its findings. The report stated that when Benedict served as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger from 1977 to 1982, he failed to act on child abuse that he knew was occurring within the church. The Church-led investigation uncovered evidence Benedict knew about four cases, none of which he reported.

Martin Pusch, an attorney from the firm, stated that under the then-archbishop, priests accused of misconduct continued to work with no restrictions. The firm says the future Pope allowed two men to stay on even after prosecutors successfully convicted them, and he brought a third man into the church knowing he had an abuse conviction in his past.

Benedict has denied all accusations that he knew about abuse within the church. He also denies covering it up or ignoring the issue.

The Vatican said it would review the investigation report before commenting. It set January 27 as the date for a formal statement on the matter.

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