“The abuse is of particular weight when it comes to the , because children and youth give a special trust to the priests,” Archbishop Robert Zollitsch said ahead of the DBK’s conference in , calling the crimes “heinous.”
The abuse scandal that was uncovered at ’s prestigious school last month continues to grow, with around 50 former students claiming they were sexually abused in the 1970s and 1980s. But lawyers for victims have said more than 115 people across the country have since come forward with allegations of abuse by up to 12 different priests and teachers at other Catholic institutions too.
During the conference the bishops will discuss their “guidelines for dealing with sexual abuse of children by clergy” and “discuss possible changes,” Zollitsch said. Church leaders will also discuss preventative measures, he said.
“Our future priests must possess the necessary maturity and suitability - also regarding sexual matters - for their posts,” Zollitsch said. “Furthermore we want to discuss how we can in this difficult situation restore the reputation of Catholic schools.”
Last week faced heavy criticism for claiming the sexual revolution was partially to blame for the widespread abuse of children at schools.
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