German bishop: Sex abuse charges 'shocking and disastrous'
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A German bishop has described as, "shocking and disastrous" recent new allegations of sexual abuse by clergy at an elite Roman Catholic school run by the church's Jesuit order, reports Ecumenical News International.
The order has asked anyone abused in Jesuit schools across Germany to come forward. So far, three priests are accused of systematic sexual abuse. The Catholic Church hierarchy has been quick to condemn the abuse, and promised to take action.
At the centre of the allegations is Canisius College in Berlin. On 28 January, the college said there had been systematic abuse of pupils by three Jesuit priests in the 1970s and 1980s. So far, 40 cases are known, with new victims coming forward each day, after the Jesuit leadership urged them to do so.
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