Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Muller defends himself and now demands an apology from the German government's abuse commissioner after the Domspatzen scandal has been dealt with. He rejects his own apology.
Cardinal Muller rejected the accusation to the "Passauer Neue Presse" that he had dragged out the clarification of the mass abuse at the Regensburg Cathedral Boys' Choir. He had "for the first time transferred this clarification work to the institutions of the diocese, so that the investigation could begin," said Muller, who was bishop of Regensburg from 2002 to 2012.
Muller sees no reason to apologize
Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller sees no reason for his own apology in connection with the investigation of the attacks on the Regensburg Cathedral Boys' Choir. The abuse commissioner Rorig had criticized the current Curia Cardinal on Wednesday: Muller had always spoken of individual cases, but had not investigated the structural failures. "It would be desirable for those affected that he would at least now apologize for the protracted processing," said Rorig. This would be an important sign for those affected.
Muller: Lawyer Weber does not tell the truth
Muller also criticized Regensburg lawyer Ulrich Weber, who had investigated the abuse over the past two years on behalf of current Regensburg Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer. If Weber now reproaches him from the backward perspective and the current state of knowledge, he cannot accept that, Muller said: "That does not correspond to the truth."Weber had criticized Muller for sticking too long to an investigation of individual cases instead of examining the system of violence as a whole.
Nearly 550 Regensburg Cathedral sparrows victims of assault
According to the final report by lawyer Ulrich Weber, 547 Regensburg Cathedral sparrows have been victims of assaults since 1945 "with a high degree of plausibility". About 500 singers were victims of physical violence, 67 were affected by sexual violence. For decades, pupils at the Domspatzen had been beaten and sexually abused. On Muller, Weber's report notes that the bishop at the time initiated the reappraisal in 2010, but was responsible for "strategic, organizational and communication weaknesses". These had been remedied only under his successor Rudolf Voderholzer.
Muller himself has also been slapped and beaten with a stick
Muller emphasized to the "Passauer Neue Presse" that he is no longer the bishop of Regensburg, but that he is "ready for any personal conversation about these terrible experiences of people from that time". He himself, he said, also received slaps and canings in his school days, including in a non-church school. Muller said, "Admittedly, I have to admit: Sexual abuse is still a completely different category than pedagogical assaults.".