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In the case of the priest from Salzgitter who confessed, the diocese leadership has already 2006 pronounced a contact ban to a ten-year-old – though only church internally. Neither other parents nor the prosecution authorities were informed. The diocese even let the minister carry on working with minors. Read more:

Catholic Church obviously covered-up abuse case in Salzgitter.

Clarification of sexual abuse. A disaster for the diocese.

Abuse – Unknown persons spray church.

Already on Friday have unknown persons at the night to Friday dirtied the parish house of the St. Joseph parish in Salzgitter-Lebenstedt. A week ago the Catholic minister was arrested in it for suspicion of child abuse.

Church parish takes suffragan bishop to task.

Salzgitter: The Catholic St. Joseph Church in Lebenstedt is filled to the last seat. Disappointment, horror and helplessness with many of the 400 believers in the pews. Their minister Andreas L. (46) is in prison awaiting trial.

Priest who confessed: Catholic Church covers-up abuse case.

In the case of the priest from Salzgitter who confessed, the diocese leadership has already 2006 pronounced a contact ban to a ten-year-old – though only church internally. Neither other parents nor the prosecution authorities were informed.

The diocese even let the minister carry on working with minors.

As the priest also ignored the contact ban in the end, the mother of the youth complaint two months ago to the diocese. Again, contrary to its promises in the abuse debates of the last year, the church did not immediately bring in the investigation authorities this year. Not until a report of parents lead to the arrest of the minister.

At a breakfast after the service the emotions surged up.

“Why didn’t the diocese intervene before, already earlier there was suspicion against the minister?” a man asked outraged.

Jesuit father criticises “great silence” in the church.

Jesuit father and leader of Berlin Canisius College for many years, Klaus Mertes, sharply criticises the dealings of the Catholic Church with the abuse debate and the fear of the church hierarchy of “swearing dark Catholics”. These are a loud, self-righteous minority in the church, which “understands every criticism as disloyalty” and “attacks critics more and more impudently”, especially “when they engage themselves in associations, committees or even in the Central Committee of German Catholics”. Mertes: “Bitter is above all that Rome accepts denunciations. As they mostly remain anonymous they can “act in the dark”. Unfortunately “parts of the hierarchy would get down before these dark Catholics, out of fear to get abused themselves”.

To the abuse debate the Jesuit father, who made public sexual violence at the Canisius College at the beginning of 2010, … Because of that, Mertes experiences “with many Catholics a great tiredness, a deep resignation, because they bounce off the wall of silence of the parallel world when they try to speak”.

Minister Andeas L. The child abuser is in prison awaiting trial. The police look for further victims.

The disgusting acts happened behind the door of the minister home: The Catholic minister Andreas L. (46) from the St. Joseph parish Salzgitter-Lebenstedt has sexually abused at least three boys for years.

The first victim 2004, the last child a few weeks ago. Also in Hannover the special commission “Sin” looks for further victims of the arrested sex minister. Andreas L. worked at the St. Maximilian Kolbe parish Mühlenberg as deacon.

“He was adored by youth and mothers. This constant kissing behaviour and the very firm hugs were conspicuous”, it was said in the parish.

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