Report Reveals Decades of Sex Trafficking by German Nuns
New report that German authorities wanted to silence allegations that Catholic nuns sold orphaned boys to predatory priests and perverted businessmen for decades.
A worrying report describes decades of widespread sexual abuse of children in the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany by greedy nuns, supported by perverted priests. The story came to light because of a lawsuit alleging that the Order of the Sisters of the Divine Savior sold or lent orphaned boys from their boarding houses for weeks in a disgusting rape trade to predatory priests and businessmen.
According to the men involved in the lawsuit, they were not put up for adoption or sent to foster homes as boys because their sale to sick rape traffickers filled the sisters' treasury with their "monastery of horrors". The report claims that 175 people, the majority of whom were boys between the ages of 8 and 14, were abused for more than two decades. Yet it could not directly blame the nuns, instead of saying it was "systematic" management errors and "leniency" that allowed the abuse to continue. The report also finds that some boys were even groomed to be sex slaves of perverts.
The lawsuit also investigated religious orders and found that 1.412 people who lived in or visited monasteries, parishes and monasteries as children, teenagers and neighborhoods were also abused by at least 654 monks and nuns and other members of the orders. About 80 percent of the victims were male and 20 percent female. The survey also found that 80 percent of abusers are now dead and 37 have left the priesthood or the religious order.
For years the alleged abuse continued. One of the men claimed that even after they left the monastery, the nuns regularly visited their dormitories to drug and deliver him to the predators' apartments. Even after multiple requests, there was no comment from the Order of Sisters of the Divine Redeemer on the charges.
The lawsuit was first reported by Deutsche Welle last year. 63-year-old victim Karl Haucke leads it along with 15 other former orphans and demands that the Archdiocese of Cologne conduct a full investigation. This investigation will eventually close in January 2021, but the details of that investigative report were shocking that Archbishop Reiner Maria Woelki refused public access to the report. Journalists who want to see the report must sign confidentiality agreements and not publish their contents. In January, eight German journalists left a press conference after denying access to the Church's investigative report unless they agreed not to publish its contents.
According to Haucke, between the ages of 11 and 14 he was beaten at least once a week by usually more than one priest. He called the refusal to publish the report in January “scandalous” and added that denying journalists the right to publish the story “felt like being abused again. ”
As a result of the prevailing lawsuit, several attorneys have been able to access the 560-page report and share parts of it with news outlets. The report named several German businessmen and accomplice clergymen when they 'hired' the young boys from nuns at a monastery in Speyer, Germany, between the XNUMXs and XNUMXs. The young boys faced the worst abuse when they were forced to engage in gangbangs and orgies. After their return to the monastery, the nuns would punish them for creasing their clothes or for being covered with sperm all over.
The Archdiocese, now headed by Bishop Karl-Heinz Wiesmann, said the investigative report was "so bloody" it would be too shocking to make it public. Wiesemann told the KNA Catholic Press Agency that he had to take a month's sabbatical after reading to recover. The main abusers of the report are now dead. Many of the victims have settled for financial compensation from the Church, so they did not join the lawsuit. In March, the Archdiocese plans to publish a new revised, no doubt heavily redacted edition of the report.
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