“H” of German pedophilia case ONLY JUST NOW suspended from clerical duties

Via AP:

A German archdiocese that Pope Benedict XVI oversaw from 1977 to 1982 said Monday that a priest convicted in 1986 of sexually abusing children has been suspended for violating a condition that he have no contact with minors.The disclosure came as the church is grappling with claims by about 300 Germans who have alleged this year that priests sexually or physically abused them in church-run boarding schools and other institutions.

The Archdiocese of Munich and Freising said in a statement Monday that it had removed the German priest, identified only as Rev. H., from his duties after “it was proved he did not comply with the conditions set following allegations of sexually abusing minors and a conviction in the justice system.”

Prelate Josef Obermaier, who was responsible for assigning the pastor to his current position, also resigned, the archdiocese said.

Pope Benedict XVI has not yet officially commented the flood of allegations that priests sexually and physically abused minors in their care, and according to Archbishop Rino Fisichella he is expected to soon release a letter addressing similar claims in Ireland.

In 1980, then-archbishop of Munich and Freising Joseph Ratzinger authorized H’s transfer to “therapy” in a Munich rectory after forcing a child to perform oral sex on him, but may or may not have known what he was approving. In any case, H was eventually reassigned to pastoral work, and was convicted of sexual abuse of children under his care in 1986, for which he was fined DM4,000 and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, though the latter sentence was suspended.

Despite being a convicted sex offender, the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising has not released H’s identity.

Update: The New York Times has identified H as one Peter Hullermann.

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