venerdì 9 dicembre 2022

Procedure: Church acquits pastor of suspected abuse

( A controversial pastor promoted by Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has been acquitted of allegations of abuse in a canonical procedure. The Archdiocese of Cologne announced on Thursday that the ban on the exercise of priestly services had been lifted. However, he will not return to his previous managerial position and, for example, may no longer work in child and youth work. The pastor is a key figure in Woelki's press law proceedings against the Axel Springer publishing house and a "Bild" reporter. According to the "Rheinische Post" and "Bild", the pastor had been accused of abuse of minors. According to the Archdiocese, after sexual contact with an underage prostitute at Cologne Central Station was reported in 2001 in 2001, new reports were received: those affected reported "incidents" from the years 1993 to 1998. However, the archdiocese did not name (...)