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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2010-06-02

Robert Zollitsch, the 71-year-old head of the German Bishops' Conference and archbishop of Freiburg, has been charged with aiding and abetting sexual abuse, Freiberg prosecutors said Wednesday.

REUTERS -Prosecutors in the southwestern city of Freiburg said charges of aiding and abetting sexual abuse had been filed against Robert Zollitsch, head of the German Bishops' Conference and archbishop of Freiburg.

 Zollitsch, 71, was head of church personnel in Freiburg when a Cistercian priest was given a parish job in Birnau despite charges of child abuse against the cleric being known to church authorities, prosecutors said.

 The archdiocese denied in a statement that Zollitsch was responsible for the appointment, saying the decision was taken independently by the monk's religious order.

 The archdiocese accused the prosecutors and news media of raking up "sensationalism" by describing the charges against Zollitsch as aiding and abetting sexual abuse.

 

Date created : 2010-06-02

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