German Catholic news agency KNA has reported a victim of abuse is suing Benedict XVI in civil court for having “responsibly approved” the appointment of a known abuser as pastor to a Bavarian parish in the 1970s.

Munich public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk reported the victim is seeking compensation and “declaratory action” officially placing blame in-part on then-Joseph Ratzinger for the Munich abuse scandal.

“The plaintiff claims to have been abused by the former priest Peter H. The plaintiff’s lawyer wants a civil court to declare that Pope Benedict must compensate the victim for the damage caused by the abuse, since the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising had been aware of H.’s offences.” 

In February, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a letter in response to a report on the handling of abuse cases in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising in which he maintained he was unaware of any abuse and expressed sorrow and forgiveness to the victims. 

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