Independent report on sexual abuse of children and adult charges by priests and deacons in Aachen diocese to be published soon. Neither bishop nor vicar general know the results.
The Munich-based law firm Westpfahl, Spilker, Wastl, which was commissioned by the diocese, announced on Tuesday that it would present the results of the expert report, which covers the period from 1965 to 2019, in Aachen in November.
Neither bishop nor vicar general know results
Neither the bishop of Aachen, Helmut Dieser, nor his vicar general, Andreas Frick, are aware of the report or excerpts from it, the chancery said. Both diocese representatives would learn the results at the same time as they are published at the press conference. This procedure was in accordance with the wishes of the bishop and the vicar general and was a prerequisite for the chancery to maintain its independence as an expert.
According to the information provided, the object of the commission was to work out systemic causes for sexual abuse by clergy, to examine responsibilities at the level of diocesan leadership in dealing with cases of sexual abuse and – as far as possible – to name responsible parties. Suggestions for optimizing the handling of sexual abuse cases are also to be made.
Law firm also works for the Archdiocese of Cologne
The law firm Westpfahl, Spilker, Wastl also acts as expert witness for the Archdiocese of Cologne. After the publication of the so-called MHG study of the German Bishops' Conference on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the fall of 2018, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki had commissioned the Munich law firm with the investigation for the archdiocese.
As in Aachen, the investigation was also intended to identify possible errors and omissions on the part of those responsible for the Archdiocese of Cologne and to reveal organizational, structural or systemic deficits, as well as recommendations for further action to deal with cases of sexualized violence.
According to the Archdiocese of Cologne in March, the Munich office has already completed its investigation of the Cologne personnel files. The final report was originally to be published in March, but according to the archdiocese, it was postponed due to final clarification of legal ies.
As soon as a schedule is foreseeable, it will be communicated quickly and openly, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese told the Evangelical Press Service (epd) on Monday. He said another firm is currently reviewing the requirements for identifiable naming of past officers.