'Sexual Lust' The director and composer Franz Wittenbrink, who lived in the Regensburg boarding school of the choir until 1967, said the school had an "elaborate system of sadistic punishments combined with sexual lust." He said the headmaster at the time "would choose two or three of us boys in the dormitories in the evenings and take them to his flat." He said there had been red wine, and that the priest had masturbated with the pupils. "I find it inexplicable that the Pope's brother Georg Ratzinger, who had been cathedral bandmaster since 1964, apparently knew nothing about it." One fellow pupil had committed suicide shortly before taking his high-school exams, Wittenbrink said.
Now the chair has pledged to investigate everything rigorously and to present an interim report at the end of March.The allegations against former teachers are the latest to come to light in a scandal over sexual abuse at Catholic schools in Germany.One suspect, who was a religion teacher and the institution's assistant leader, was removed from service in 1958. The diocese of Regensburg announced last April that it would cooperate with victims' organisation White Ring to investigate sexual and physical abuse at the Domspatzen choir.The diocese has already started paying compensation to the tune of €2,500 each to victims.Although numerous exceptions exist, the two sexes typically differ in the number of X chromosomes.
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Pope's Brother Says Knew Nothing Georg Ratzinger, the brother of Pope Benedict XVI, told an Italian newspaper he was willing to testify in the sex scandal but knows nothing about the alleged abuse of boys in the Regensburg choir.
In an interview published Sunday, Ratzinger was quoted as saying by the Rome daily La Repubblica that there was "discipline and rigor" but no terror during his 30 years as head of the Regensburg choir from 1964 until 1994.
In addition, the paper called for action to be taken against those responsible.
Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told the paper that perpetrators need to be brought to court and victims compensated for their suffering.
He had often practiced what was called "naked beatings" in his private rooms, where boys aged eight or nine had to undress and were beaten by hand.