Thursday, January 20, 2022
ROME — A report into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Germany's Munich diocese has found that retired Pope Benedict XVI failed to act in four cases between 1977 and 1982 when he was Archbishop of Munich.
Lawyers who drew up the report said Benedict categorically denied any wrongdoing. The report also faulted Munich's current archbishop, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, an important ally of Pope Francis.
The archdiocese commissioned the report from law firm Westpfahl Spilker Wastl nearly two years ago, with a mandate to look into abuse between 1945 and 2019 and whether church officials handled allegations correctly.