Ex-Pope Benedict XVI admits false statement during abuse probe testimony | DW News

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Former Pope Benedict XVI has apologized for providing false information during a probe into sexual abuse in his old Munich archdiocese, his secretary said in a statement on Monday that was posted to the Vatican News portal.

The statement, which was given to the German-language Catholic News Agency (KNA), said the false information was not given “with ill intent.”

Instead, it was blamed on an editing “oversight” that occurred with Benedict’s written testimony to the inquiry.

The former pope, 94, had told the inquiry he had not been present at a 1980 meeting discussing a case of a pedophile priest. He has now confirmed that he did attend the meeting, but insisted that no decision had been made there about reassigning the priest to pastoral duties.

Benedict was “very sorry” for the mistake and hoped that it could be forgiven, said the statement, adding that the former pope would give an explanation for the error at a later date.

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