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The rehabilitation of the management of the Bavarian Benedictine monastery of Ettal by the Vatican has been positively received. The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising, Bernhard Kellner, said on Friday when asked: "Of course we accept Rome's decision".

The abbey published on the same day a letter from the Prefect of the Congregation for Religious Affairs, Cardinal Franc Rode. The apostolic visitation of the monastery on 15. to 24. March had revealed that Abbot Barnabas Bogle and Prior Maurus Krab had made no mistakes in dealing with suspected cases of sexual abuse. Nothing stands in the way of a return of both. Bogle and Krab had resigned from their posts at the end of February at the insistence of the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising. According to the monastery, the new abbot must serve until 31. July to be elected. According to the cardinal's letter, the visitators confirmed that neither Bogle nor Krab had neglected reporting obligations, as had previously been presented by the Munich ordinariate. Rather, Abbot Barnabas had done "everything that was required by the matter". At the same time, Rode's letter reveals that Munich Archbishop Reinhard Marx has no reservations about Bogle and Krab returning to their posts.

Return to office conceivable Diocesan spokesman Kellner pointed out that Bogle and Krab had explained their resignation in a public statement at the beginning of March with the necessity of a "fundamental renewal" of their monastery. They had asked for a "time of inner contemplation and self-reflection" in order to be able to "find a new orientation". In this sense, a return to their offices is conceivable "after the conclusion of all open questions in dealing with abuse cases". On 13. April the final report of the special investigator Thomas Pfister, appointed by the archdiocese, had been published. According to this, children and adolescents were brutally abused, sadistically tortured and sexually abused in the school and boarding school of Ettal monastery for decades until about 1990. Affected were as perpetrators 15 Fathers and far more than 100 victims, it was said at that time. Pfister's mandate ended with the report.

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