Pope Benedict’s Brother Says He Was Unaware of Abuse – Mr. Weber, the sexual abuse ranged “from fondling to rapes.” Given the extent and seriousness of the accusations, Mr. Weber told reporters on Friday, he believed that Father Ratzinger must have known it was taking place. – The New York Times

REGENSBURG, Germany — The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the elder brother of former Pope Benedict XVI, said in an interview published Sunday that he had no knowledge that young boys in an internationally known German church choir he directed for 30 years had suffered sexual abuse.

“I did not hear anything at all about sexual abuse,” Father Ratzinger, 91, told a Bavarian regional newspaper, Passauer Neue Presse. “I was not aware that any sexual abuse was taking place at that time.”

Reports of physical and sexual abuse in the choir, the Regensburger Domspatzen in Bavaria, first emerged in 2010 as part of a nationwide wave of revelations linking officials of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany to the mistreatment of children. But an internal report by the church identified only 72 cases of abuse in the Regensburg Diocese, most involving severe corporal punishment.

Source: Pope Benedict’s Brother Says He Was Unaware of Abuse – The New York Times

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