For 30 years Pope Benedict’s ‘sadistic’ elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, 91, above, ran a famous boys’ choir school in Germany where pupils were subjected to sexual assault, rape, severe beatings and food deprivation.
At least 231 children at the Regensburger Domspatzen, a 1,000-year-old choir in Regensburg, Bavaria, were victims of physical abuse, according to Ulrich Weber, a lawyer who had been commissioned by the by the Catholic Church to investigate the case.
According to this report, Weber said at a press conference yesterday that his research, which included 70 interviews with victims, uncovered abuse that took place from 1945 to the early 1990s.
The choir was run Georg Ratzinger, from 1964 to 1994 when most of the claimed abuses took place.
The reported cases of sexual abuse in Regensburg were mostly concentrated in the period of the mid-to- late 1970s.
He said that 50 victims spoke of ten perpetrators.
The director and composer Franz Wittenbrink, a former pupil of the boarding school, had told Spiegel magazine in 2010, when the school first hit the headlines over abuse allegations, that there was:
A system of sadistic punishments connected to sexual pleasure.
Ratzinger was reported at the time as admitting that he “occasionally” struck pupils but denied knowledge of sexual abuse.
These things were never discussed. The problem of sexual abuse that has now come to light was never spoken of.
Former pupils at the boarding school to which the choir was attached reported how the ex-headteacher was a “sadist” who “imposed a reign of terror”, and beat the children “black and blue”.