OK. The violence of Catholic schooling in as late as the 70's was
almost the norm for boys in special schools. The author attended Chicago's
premier boys college prep school (the decade before the Regensburg abuse) where
Dominican priests would knock your block off whenever they saw fit. (NOTE:
ironically it was the Jesuits - Francis' order - who had the most violent
reputation). Sadism may not have been the order of the day, but "whipping
boys into men" certainly was. After all, it was "tradition"!!
The price of "tradition"
To uphold the Regensburg Boys Choir (Domspazten)
"tradition", boys had to give up their innocence in the worst ways.
Franz Wittenbrink, who came forward when the allegations of abuse
first surfaced. ... told investigators that priests at the Regensburg boarding
school engaged in what he described as "an elaborate system of sadistic
punishments combined with sexual lust."
He said that he and several other boys were often "chosen" to be invited by the headmaster at the time to his personal apartment where they were plied with red wine and made to perform sex acts on the headmaster and on each other. "Everyone knew about it at the time," he said in 2010.
Everyone but the Ratzingers, apparently
The recent revelations of the extent of the sexual abuse at the Regensberg Catholic school trump original estimates that only a handful of young boys were abused. In 2010, just two years before Benedict retired, the Holy See insisted that "the abuse was limited." Investigators then put the number of credible complaints at around 70 cases, for which they offered a settlement sum of around $2,700.
$2700. Such a princely sum!
Playing the world for a fool
Let's get this straight:
- Up to 700 boys from 1976-1992 were either sexually assaulted or physically abused, part of it at a time when physical abuse was acceptable and lawful, even "ritualistic"
- Two brothers lived and taught in the same metropolitan area for years
- One of them stayed on as director of the very entity now reporting the abuse
- The other eventually rose to a position if such prominence that he was privy to knowledge of the minutest moral infraction
...And they saw or heard NOTHING.
It's a joke, people, a cruel and sadistic joke. But who's laughing?
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