Monsters and Critics - December 19, 2010
Fresh Catholic church abuse allegations, as Germans leave in droves
Berlin - New allegations of sexual child abuse by Catholic clergy surfaced in Berlin on Sunday - as it emerged that thousands of Germans had left the church in the wake of this year's abuse scandal.
A caller to an abuse hotline set up by the Catholic church alleged that a Berlin priest had abused minors in the 1990s, the church said.
The diocese of Berlin had launched investigations and placed the priest on temporary leave, the diocese added.
Meanwhile it emerged that tens of thousands of Germans had left the church this year, according to a survey by German Press Agency dpa, in the wake of serious allegations of clerical abuse, many dating back to the 1960s.
The string of revelations started in January at the Canisius College, another Berlin church institution.
In Augsburg, where Bishop Walter Mixa admitted earlier this year that he had hit children in his care, more than 11,000 left the Catholic church, the survey showed. The previous year's figure had been below 7,000.
Daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported that more than 17,000 had left the Diocese of Stuttgart, an increase of more than 50 per cent on the previous year.
Other Catholic dioceses reported similar rises in numbers of people leaving the faith. In many instances, believers switched to the Protestant church, according to daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
In Germany, membership of Christian and Jewish religious denominations is formally documented and used as a basis for charging so-called church taxes to fund religious institutions. Other religious groups have waived this option to tax members.
This article was found at:
Church commissioned report shows German diocese Pope once led covered up abuse by hundreds of priests and teachers
New guidelines require German Bishops, but not heads of religious orders, to report alleged child abuse to police
German bishop who resigned for slapping kids says his superiors tricked Pope with false sex abuse allegations
Conservative German bishop closely allied to Pope resigns for beating orphan kids, says he "may have been unfair"
Memo suggests Vatican is dissembling on Benedict's role in enabling German pedophile priest to continue molesting kids for years
If the Pope is infallibly moral why did he enable and cover-up the systematic rape of children across the globe?
Humanists ask UN to hold Vatican accountable for violating children's rights by shielding abusers & obstructing justice
Pope's promise to restore the purity of Catholicism almost impossible with scandals implicating entire church hierarchy