Thursday, April 29, 2010

Austrian cardinal accused of sex abuse stayed a member of Vatican congregations

A newspaper is reporting that a deceased Austrian cardinal remained on the rosters of Vatican congregations even after he stepped down in 1995 following sex abuse allegations.

Der Standard reported Wednesday that Hans Hermann Groer - who was Vienna archbishop from 1986 to 1995 - was listed in the 1999 directory of the Roman Catholic Church as a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

The Groer scandal broke in 1995 when a 37-year-old former student at a boy's seminary in the town of Hollabrunn alleged that he abused him repeatedly in the early 1970s.

Other accusations followed.

Groer stepped down shortly after the first allegations surfaced - officially due to old age.

He died in 2003 but never admitted any guilt.


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