German Bishops' Leader Cleared of Abuse Charges

MUNICH, Germany, JULY 23, 2010 ( Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freibourg has been cleared of charges regarding a sexual abuse case, the offices of the public prosecutor in Konstanz, Germany, confirmed Wednesday.

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The 71-year-old prelate, who today is the president of the German Bishops’ Conference, was accused of giving a position in 1987 to a Cistercian religious known to have been guilty of sexual abuse.

From 1987 to 1992, then Father Zollitsch was in charge of archdiocesan personnel. The accusation was thus that of complicity in the crimes.

The public prosecutor’s office established that there was no evidence to justify holding the archbishop responsible.

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