In the abuse scandal of the church new details about the actions of the former Pope Benedict XVI. came to light during his time as Munich Archbishop (1977-1982) and the current Archbishop Cardinal Reinhard Marx. According to Kathpress, according to research by the Hamburg weekly newspaper “Die Zeit”, Joseph Ratzinger in particular is burdened by the decree of a Munich church court under the direction of church judge Lorenz Wolf from 2016.
At the center of the allegations is dealing with a priest from the Diocese of Essen, who was sent to the Archdiocese of Munich in 1980 after having committed sexual offenses against minors. Ratzinger, then Archbishop of Munich, knew of the situation and agreed to the admission of Peter H., who was supposed to undergo therapy in Bavaria. Several bishops, so the allegation, including Ratzinger, had “deliberately refrained from sanctioning the crime”. According to the weekly newspaper, the bishops and their vicars general in Munich and Essen have “not fulfilled their responsibility towards the children and young people entrusted to their pastoral care”.
When asked by “Zeit”, Benedict XVI’s private secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, rejected these claims on behalf of the Pope emeritus. “The claim that he had knowledge of the previous history (allegations of sexual assault) at the time of the decision on the admission of Priest H. is wrong. He had no knowledge of his previous history,” wrote Gänswein at the end of 2021 to the weekly newspaper. Joseph Ratzinger did not consciously waive the sanctioning of H.