‘One in three’ Regensburg choirboys abused

14 January 2016 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
A lawyer has alleged that far more choirboys were abused in the Regensburg Diocese than stated in last year’s official figures, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.A diocesan report of February 2015 said that 72 boys were abused between 1953 and 1992. Ulrich Weber, an independent lawyer who was called in by the diocese in May 2015 to undertake further investigations, now claims that 231 members of the famous “Regensburger Domspatzen” were abused during that time. Weber told the press on 8 January that he feared that it was “highly probable” that every third pupil was exposed to brutal beatings, withdrawal of fluids, forced feeding and sexual abuse “from fondling to rape”. In 2010, Mgr Georg Ratzinger, Pope Emeritus Benedict’s elder brother, who

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