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Accused of inaction, Benedict XVI expresses “his shock and his shame” in the face of pedocrime in the German church

Benedict XVI expressed this Thursday, January 20 “his shock and shame” against pedocrime in the German church, after the publication of an independent report implicating him in the management of sexual violence against minors, according to his spokesperson.

The 94-year-old German pope emeritus, who “did not know about the report” and “will review it in the next few days”, “expresses his personal closeness and his prayer for all the victims”, according to a press release from his private secretary, Bishop Georg Gänswein, sent to journalists.

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The independent report presented Thursday in Germany severely implicates Benedict XVI, who had resigned in 2013, on his management of sexual assaults against minors in the archdiocese of Munich and Freising, which he directed between 1977 and 1982.

He “strictly” rejects any responsibility

According to the lawyers who contributed to the report commissioned by the Church, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, before he became pope, did nothing to remove four clergymen suspected of sexual violence against minors. They also denounce systematic cover-ups of cases of violence against minors between 1945 and 2019 aimed, according to them, at “to protect the institution of the Church”.

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Benedict XVI, who lives in retirement in a monastery in the Vatican, has ” strictly “ rejected any responsibility, in a statement sent to the lawyers.

For its part, the Vatican reiterated its “feeling of shame and remorse” and indicated that he “will read the text in the coming days” for “study the details properly”.

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