Working as a chaplain despite conviction

Working as a chaplain despite conviction

Original Shrine of the Schoenstatters © Harald Oppitz (KNA)

Schoenstatt Movement admits mistakes in dealing with priest twice convicted of abuse A. from the Archdiocese of Cologne. This had also been active for the Catholic spiritual community, the movement announced on its website.

At least two for the use of A. Responsible Schoenstatt priests knew about the crimes, but did not pass on this information. So far, however, there are no indications that the priest, who has since been dismissed from the clergy, has harmed people at Schoenstatt events.

A. According to the Schoenstatt Movement, he was already involved in building up a Schoenstatt youth group before his prison sentence. After the condemnations he had participated in offers for single women and family events. The promoters and organizers had not been informed about the crimes and their backgrounds. He had also repeatedly participated in offers of the movement for priests.

Waiting for expert opinion

A. was sentenced to prison in 1972 for "continued fornication with children and dependents"; in 1988, he received a suspended sentence because of renewed incidents. Nevertheless, he continued to be active as a pastor – in the dioceses of Cologne, Munster and Essen. It was not until 2019 that Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki banned the clergyman from exercising his priestly ministry. He was dismissed from the clergy in December last year.

To deal with cases of sexual abuse in the archdiocese of Cologne is to be held on 18. March an expert opinion by criminal lawyer Bjorn Gercke to be published. According to Woelki, it should also deal with the case of A. go. The Schoenstatt Movement announced its intention to "follow up and evaluate" the results. According to its own information, the Catholic spiritual community feels that about 20 people nationwide are homosexuals.000 people belonging.

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