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Bishop admits ignoring abuse cases 09 Jul 2010 Germany's senior Roman
Catholic bishop Robert Zollitsch has admitted his mistakes in dealing
with allegations of sexual abuse against an alleged pedophile priest.
The Archbishop of Freiburg and head of the German Bishops Conference
said on Friday that he should have probed more intensely the sexual
abuse accusations laid against a priest, who is believed to have
molested boys when he worked in the town of Oberharmersbach from 1968
to 1991, AP reported. "I was shocked about the unfathomable extent of
the abuse in Oberharmersbach, which has become apparent only in recent
months," said Zollitsch, who was diocese staff manager at the time and
responsible for priest placements. According to a statement issued by
the diocese, Zollitsch also met with victims and their families,
delivering apologies to those whose lives have been shattered by
sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church over the
past months. The statement has pointed to accusations against 44 other
priests in the first six months of 2010.

Editorial: The Pope’s Duty 7/8/10
When rolling scandal forced the American Catholic bishops conference
to take action against pedophile priests, the prelates issued a tough
policy requiring accused child molesters be reported immediately to
secular authorities. This mandate finally acknowledged that crimes
against children should take priority over bureaucratic church
policies that served to cloak rogue priests and bishops in a fog of
ecclesiastical evasion.
Eight years after the American church’s overdue order, it is shocking
that Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican have not yet applied it to the
worldwide Roman Catholic Church. The pedophilia scandal has erupted in
other nations, leaving parents concerned about a repetition of the
harrowing experience in America, where more than 700 priests had to be
dismissed across a three-year period. Yet the Vatican is reportedly
working on new “guidelines” — not mandates. They are likely to fall
short of zero-tolerance and other requirements in the American church
that parishes and communities be alerted to abusers.