Child-sex inquiry widens to Germany

2010-05-05 08:19

A Catholic priest facing child-sex charges in South Africa has

admitted to German police that he molested a boy in Germany, his home diocese

said yesterday.

Prosecutors in the city of Krefeld, Germany, confirmed they had begun a

criminal inquiry, but gave no details.

The diocese of Aachen, near the Dutch border, said the German

priest had transferred in 2007 to an agency of the German Bishops’ Conference

which sends priests abroad to say mass for German emigrants. He had worked in

Aachen diocese from 1994 to 2007.

It said he had sent an admission by fax to the German prosecutor

that he had offended in Germany against a boy who is now an adult. But he denied

charges that he committed molestation in South Africa.

The German Catholic Church has adopted an openness policy in recent

weeks, publicising allegations against its priests, referring a series of cases

to the police and setting up a national phone line for people to report


The church has been criticised in many nations for trying to

deflect police and public attention from paedophiles in the clergy.

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