A report has found that 547 pupils at one of Germany’s most famous Catholic boys’ choir schools were physically or sexually abused.
49 members of the Catholic Church at the Domspatzen choir are accused of carrying out the abuse between 1945 and the early 1990s.
Allegations of abuse at the school, which dates back over a thousand years and now tours the world to perform choral music, surfaced in 2010 and in 2015 a report was commissioned to find out what happened. Quoted from Euronews.
Meanwhile plans have been announced to offer victims compensation of between 5,000 and 20,000 euros each by the end of this year.
The choir was run for 30 years by former Pope Benedict’s XVI’s elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, who acknowledged that he had slapped pupils in the face – but said he had not realized how brutal the discipline was. He added that the sovereignty of the “culture of silence”, with the aim of protecting the domination of the church, prevented the victims from expressing their experiences to protest.
The investigation said he was “to be blamed especially for turning a blind eye and not intervening despite having knowledge.”