Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Abuse Hotline in Germany to Handle Allegations Against Clergy

"Germany's Catholic Church launches sex abuse hotline"

"The Roman Catholic Church in Germany is launching a telephone hotline for victims of sexual abuse.

The helpline will be run from the western city of Trier. Its bishop has been appointed to handle any allegations made against clergy.

Hundreds of people have come forward saying they were abused by priests as children between the 1950s and 1980s.

The Pope has been accused of failing to act against a suspected sex abuser when he was archbishop of Munich.


The scandal has so far affected two-thirds of German dioceses, and the head of the country's Catholic Church has apologised over the accusations."

Read the complete article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8594158.stm

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