Benedict XVI’s priest brother, Georg Ratzinger admits “slapping” famous Regenesburg choir boys …but, was that all?
The Pope’s brother, Georg Ratzinger, as head for 30 years of the famous Regenesburg choir boys, was quick to admit and apologize for “slapping” the boys as form of corporal punishment [to make them sing better]. This is the same brother whose 85th birthday was feted at the Vatican, at the Sistine Chapel a place which is exclusively reserved only for the election of popes. See YouTube.
Georg Ratzinger’s birthday bash cost 100,000 Euros paid for by Hitler Tax (see article below).
It took a while for our own criminal-Cardinal Bernard Law to admit that he covered-up hundreds of pedophile priests in Boston and we forced him to resign. He did resign but he was elevated as Archpriest of the prestigious basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome where he wines and dines with Benedict XVI and Georg Ratzinger at the Vatican Palace.
So, like Cardinal Bernard Law, it is only a matter of time when Georg Ratzinger may be proven guilty of cover-up as Head for 30 years of the famous Regenesburg choir boys of Germany. For sure, Cardinal Law is giving tips on how to keep denying it and let the Secular laity of Germany prove he is guilty like we the Secular laity of Boston did. The only difference is, Georg Ratzinger is already in Rome living with his brother Benedict XVI at the Vatican Palace, so there is no need to promote him any further.
Concert held in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel to celebrate the 85th ...
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Hitler tax will pay for Ratzinger’s birthday bash
DID you know that Pope Ratzinger has an older brother?
Georg Ratzinger and his brother the Pope
Yep, Georg Ratzinger – about to turn 85 – is a prelate in Regensburg, and right now he is about as popular as a chlamydia, thanks to a planned 100,000 euro birthday bash which is to be paid for with money raised from Catholic taxpayers in Germany.
The cash, according to the Telegraph, will be spent on a Mozart’s Mass in C-Minor performed for him in the Sistine Chapel next year. A German church choir of 90 singers and 37 musicians from the Linz baroque orchestra L’Orfeo in Austria will be flown to Rome for the January 15 event.
The German magazine Focus originally broke the story, in which it was claimed that the costs of the festivities would be covered by the Regensburg diocese, mainly from money taken off the so-called Church Tax, a levy unique to Germany and Austria that was introduced by Adolf Hitler. The dictator wanted to make the Church less popular by taxing all practising Catholics in the Third Reich, but the regulation has survived his rule and maintains to this day.
The news about the Pope’s brother’s exclusive birthday party was met with criticism by Catholic associations from his own Regensburg diocese, who objected to the decision to finance the bash with the Church Tax.
“Georg Ratzinger should be able to have the party, but it must not be financed by Church Tax money,” said Sigrid Grabmeier, spokesman of the Regensburg diocese laity association We Are The Church, adding that such monies were intended to sponsor pastoral care in hospitals and similar charity projects.
Prelate Ratzinger and the Regensburg diocese were not available for a comment.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Msgr. Georg Ratzinger Installed as Honorary Canon of Regensburg Cathedral
by Gregor Kollmorgen
Perhaps some of you have seen pictures or snippets from the concert of the Regensburg Cathedral Choir - the famous Domspatzen, the oldest continually existing Catholic choir in the world, being founded in 975 - which was held last Sunday in the Sistine Chapel in honour of the 85th birthday of Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, the Holy Father's brother. (Cf. CNS story here; I had the good fortune to see the entire concert, as well as the Pope's very moving off-the-cuff address in German, on Bavarian TV, but you can watch large parts of the concert online, click here for part 1, part 2 and part 3.)
In the context of this concert, the bishop of Regensburg, Most Reverend Msgr. Gerhard Ludwig Müller announced that
Because of his outstanding merits regarding the worthy celebration of the liturgy of the Cathedral and the Choir of the Regensburger Domspatzen I, having consulted the Cathedral Chapter, appoint the Cathedral Kapellmeister em. of the Cathedral of St. Peter's at Regensburg, Most Reverend Protonotary Apostolic Prof. Dr. h.c. Georg Ratzinger, Canon of the Collegiate Chapter of Saints John Baptist and John Evangelist at Regenburg, as Honorary Canon of the Cathedral Chapter ("Ehrendomherr") of the Cathedral of St. Peter's of the Diocsese of Regensburg.
Yesterday, during Pontifical Vespers in said Cathedral celebrated by the ordinary of Regensburg, Msgr. Ratzinger was installed in this new office. Here are some pictures which show the distinctive mozzetta of the Regensburg Cathedral Chapter. Also note the German four-horned biretta.
From these it would seem that the fur mozzetta, together with the capitular cross on the blue-and-white ribbon, actually is the choir dress of the Collegiate Chapter of Saints John Baptist and John Evangelist at Regenburg, of which Prelate Ratzinger was already a member, while the Canons of Regensburg Cathedral wear a purple (paonazza) mozzetta with the capitular cross on a black-and-gold ribbon.
Images of the occasion are now available at the website of the diocese of Regensburg.
I slapped pupils, admits Pope's brother
By Jerome Taylor, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
The Pope’s older brother has admitted to slapping pupils in the face while he was leader of a renowned choir in Germany which is currently at the centre of a new rash of child abuse allegations rocking the Catholic Church.
Georg Ratzinger, who led the Regensburger Domspatzen choir for thirty years until his retirement in 1994, confessed to occasionally hitting his pupils but added that he now regretted using corporal punishment.
In an interview with the Bavarian daily newspaper Passauer Neue Presse, the Pope’s older brother admitted: "At the start, I also slapped people in the face but I always had a bad conscience."
The stark admission will pile pressure on the Catholic Church in Germany to declare exactly how much it knew about abuse that was being perpetrated by its clergy and whether anything was done to protect children in its care.
Previous investigations into child abuse in the United States and Ireland have shown how the church authorities often avoided clamping down on abusive clergy, choosing instead to simply move them into new parishes where the abuse continued.
Both Germany and Holland have been rocked in recent weeks by a whole new series of abuse allegations most of which stem back to the 1960s and earlier.
The Regensburger Domspatzen (which translates as the Regensburger Sparrows) is just one of a number of prestigious Catholic organisations that have been linked to clerical abuse – a national scandal that first emerged last month with an historical investigation in Jesuit schools.
In the Bavarian Regensburg diocese three Catholic schools have been implicated. The diocese has already admitted that one priest abused two boys sexually in 1958 and was sentenced to two years in jail. Another clergyman served 11 months in jail in 1971 for abuse. Other former pupils have said they suffered sexual abuse and excessive beatings and humiliation in the early 1960s by unnamed teachers.
In the interview published today, Georg Ratzinger, who led the sparrows from 1964 to 1994, appeared to signal that knew physical punishments were meted out to his pupils but he had been unaware of how brutal the beatings often were.
"Pupils told me on concert trips about what went on,” he said. “But it didn't dawn on me from their stories that I should do something. I was not aware of the extent of these brutal methods.”
He added: “If I had known about the excess of force he was using, I would have said something ... I ask the victims for forgiveness."
The 86-year-old said he had no indication that pupils were being sexually abused and added that staff had never talked about it. Although an admission from the Pope’s brother that he hit pupils may shock many today, at the time such beatings were perfectly legal in Germany which only banned corporal punishment in 1980.
But the allegations emanating out of Regensburg are awkward for the Vatican because the Pope and his brother spent so much of their careers there. Survivor groups have now called on the pontiff to talk about whether he ever encountered abuse accusations when he was a bishop of Munich and Freising during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The German government has also criticised the Catholic Church for maintaining a “wall of silence” which has made it difficult for prosecutors to access information about abuse.
German Justice Minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, pointed to a Vatican directive from 2001 which required that even the most damaging allegations should be first investigated internally and then reported to the authorities. A church spokesman has called her criticisms "absurd".
The current rash of abuse allegations are not just confined to Germany. Yesterday the Catholic Church in the Netherlands said it would appoint an independent commission to look into accusations that pupils were abused a church boarding school.
In Austria, meanwhile, the Archabbott of the Salzburg monastery of St. Peter, Bruno Becker, 64 , offered his resignation on Monday after confessing to having abused a boy 40 years ago, when he was a monk.
The victim, who is now 53 years old, said Becker had abused him in a grotto during a bicycle trip. He also accuses two other Benedictine monks of having abused him sexually decades ago.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Pope's Brother Georg Ratzinger Abused Choir Boys
It's Ratzinger's turn to be in the spotlight, but not everybody's favorite inquisitor and Hiter Youth member Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict. It's time for the lesser Ratzinger, the cleric that the world has forgotten, and the elder brother of Pope Ben, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, to leave his mark (on choir boys).
Georg (pronounced "gay-org" as in gay.org) has landed himself in the middle of a scandal in Germany, and this is in addition to the 100,000 euro birthday bash thrown for him with church money.
The Belfast Telegraph reports:
Reports of systematic historical abuse by clergy have surfaced at three schools in the Regensburg diocese in Bavaria. One of them is the much-heralded Regensburger Domspatzen, a thousand-year-old male choir and boarding school, whose choral master for 30 years was the Pope's older brother, Georg...
But he [Georg] says that he never heard of any abuse in his time with the choir. Asked by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica whether he would talk to German officials, the 86-year-old Mgr Ratzinger replied: "Obviously I'd be ready to do so, but I am not able to provide any information on any deed that could be punished, because I don't have any – I never knew anything about it."
Any abuse at the Regensburger Domspatzen, he said, occurred before he took over. He did admit that pupils at the school were subjected to a climate of "discipline and rigour" but added that this was necessary in order to reach "a high musical, artistic level".
But Franz Wittenbrink, a German composer who lived at the school until 1967, described the school as being run by "a sophisticated system of sadistic punishments in connection with sexual lust". He was also quoted by Der Spiegel as saying that it was "inexplicable" that the Pope's brother knew nothing of what was happening.
Inexplicable? Sadistic punishments in connection with sexual lust? But, Georg said he knew nothing. That was the story reported on March 9th.
Here's an article by The Times of India dated March 11th:
The pope's brother has said he slapped pupils as punishment after he took over a renowned German boys' choir in the 1960s.
He also said he was aware of allegations of physical abuse at a school linked to the choir but did nothing about it.
The Rev Georg Ratzinger, 86, said in an interview he was unaware of allegations of sexual abuse at the Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir, part of a string of charges of sex abuse by church employees across Europe in recent days.
Ratzinger said boys would open up to him about being mistreated in Etterzhausen. "But I did not have the feeling that I should do something about it.
"Had I known with what exaggerated fierceness (the abuser) was acting, I would have said something. I ask the victims for pardon", he said.
On Tuesday, Georg knew nothing of abuse. On Thursday, Georg backpedals, admitting that he not only knew of physical abuse linked to the choir over which he was master, but that he kept his mouth closed doing nothing to help the abused kids, and that he hit the boys. It's okay though, becuase now that he's been caught he's asking for forgiveness.
Chistian Child Abuse writes:
Today in an interview with German paper Passauer Neue Presse Father Georg said: 'I was happy with every choir practice but I have to admit sometimes I did get depressed because we didn't get the right results.
'At the very beginning I would often give clips around the ear even though my conscience was later troubled for doing so.'
Father Georg added that he had never severely beaten boys nor left them with bruises or other injuries and went on to say that he had heard of the other incidents of abuse from the boys - contrary to claims he had made earlier in the week.
Well, I guess it's okay, Georg, but only because you were depressed about your choir sounding flat and because the boys didn't bruise. It was all worth it for the music, wasn't it? I'm sure that those boys would agree.
What will Georg Ratzinger's story be tomorrow? No abuse? Physical abuse? Sexual abuse? More depressing excuses?
It's time for the people in the pews to stand up to the system of abuse that has and continues to rule the Catholic church and so many other religious communities in the world. Why anyone keeps trusting their kids' bodies and "souls" to "venerated" clerics is beyond me.
Pope celebrates low-key birthday with brother at papal villa
By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a low-key birthday with his brother at the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo.
The pope, who turned 82 April 16, had a very informal "family celebration" that included a visit by a small group of top Vatican officials, the Vatican's spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, told reporters.
The officials, including the secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, visited the pope in the morning to offer their birthday wishes.
The pope then had a private lunch with his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who turned 85 early this year, Father Lombardi said.
The Vatican spokesman said the pope received from government and church leaders worldwide many letters wishing him a happy birthday and "even some sweets."
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who sent a special written message for the pope's birthday and the fourth anniversary of his election as pope April 19, thanked Pope Benedict for his support of those hit by the April 6 earthquake in central Italy.
The president thanked him for his words and gestures, which he said "comforted the whole nation and encouraged us to deeply embrace the message of hope that comes with the celebration of Easter."
Father Lombardi said the German band that had been in St. Peter's Square during the pope's weekly general audience April 15 had gone out to Castel Gandolfo where the pope was staying.
He said band members played "a small concert" of two musical interludes in the courtyard of the papal villa for the pope on the eve of his birthday.
During the general audience at the Vatican, pilgrims had broken into a spontaneous rendition of "Happy birthday, dear Benedict" followed by an encore with musical accompaniment by the German band, whose members wore traditional German costumes.
Smaller groups of pilgrims also sang birthday greetings in their native languages at different moments during the audience.