A “bitter affair”

The Archdiocese of Cologne is looking for possible victims of sexual abuse by a priest in the seventies. After the Sunday service, the Catholic parish of St. A letter to this effect from Vicar General Dominik Schwaderlapp was read out at the convent of St. John Baptist in Refrath, Bergisch Gladbach. The goal is to offer help to possible victims, the vicar general told this site. In the meantime, some of those affected have come forward.

The background to the event are accusations against a now deceased clergyman, who in the seventies had been a member of the parish of St. Peter's, which now belongs to the parish. Maria Konigin in Frankenforst (Bergisch Gladbach) was accused of having committed acts of sexual abuse against children and young people.The archdiocese wants to clear up the case as quickly as possible, the Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger quotes diocesan spokesman Stephan Georg Schmidt, who spoke of a "bitter affair.". "We only recently learned of the accusation and then took action as quickly as possible."Psychologists and chaplains are available to care for possible victims. Vicar General Schwaderlapp calls on those who might be affected to contact the head of the archdiocesan seminary, Prelate Robert Kumpel. In the meantime, some people have come forward, said Schmidt.

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