For decades, the Catholic Church has appointed a priest twice convicted of sexual abuse of minors. The church kept him working as a pastor. The 85-year-old was busy in three dioceses: Cologne, Munster and Essen. The Archdiocese of Cologne publishes the case itself on its website.
The priest was in use in Cologne from 1960 and then in Essen-Kettwig. In 1972, he was sentenced to prison for the first time for sexual abuse of children. Nevertheless, he always got jobs as a pastor. Since 1973 he has worked in various locations in the diocese of Munster, until he was sentenced in 1988 for sexual acts against minors to a suspended sentence. A year later he returned to Cologne as a nursing home pastor, from 2002 to 2015 he worked as a retirement clergyman in Bochum-Wattenscheid.
Church wants to name persons responsible
The interim representative of the Archbishopric of Cologne, Oliver Vogt, was shocked on Tuesday that a twice legally convicted priest could continue in pastoral care. The case should be worked through thoroughly and the responsible persons named after completion of the investigations. "They have a great debt to themselves and the protection of the perpetrators and the reputation of the institution on the protection of those affected," said Vogt.
Investigation by letter to diocese Munster
In May 2019, the intervention representative of the diocese of Munster, Peter Frings, was made aware of the case by letter. The archdiocese of Cologne then made the Munich law firm, which currently investigates all cases of abuse of the archdiocese, also provided the records of the other bishoprics. The decades-old files, however, are partially sketchy. The focus of the investigation is now on who in the dioceses had to answer for the further use of the priest as a pastor.
Possible further victims of abuse should report please
The dioceses of Cologne, Munster and Essen have been searching for possible further victims of abuse on Tuesday (12.11.2019) and ask affected persons to contact them. The bishoprics have each designated their own contact persons, which can be found on their websites or via the search engines.
As of: 12.11.2019, 15:53