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Ecclesiastical Province of Wien

Archdiocese of Wien

Archdiocese of Vienna

Cardinal Koenig (König) Archbishop of Vienna, Franz Koenig (d. 2005), a Council Father and friend of several popes, respected by all, resigned, handing over his position to Cardinal Groer 1980s.

Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen Ombudsmen for sexual abuse of children founded 1996

Archdiocese of Vienna abuse 8 cases are known in the archdiocese (2009).

Vienna Boy's Choir

Vienna Boy's Choir Choir is the successor of an imperial court ensemble set up in 1498 in Vienna. Some of its 100 members aged between 10 and 14.

Vienna Boy's Choir abuse Two former choristers have told the daily Der Standard of sexual harassment and harsh disciplinary measures (merciless discipline) by teachers, and one of the alleged vicitms said he had been molested by another boy. The management of the choir said it would be hard to clear up the issue because the incidents reportedly happened in the 1960s and 1980s, but added that "we are aware that there may have been cases of abuse in the past." 12 March 2010.

Anon accusation Boys were forced to shower naked in front of teachers, groped while on bus tours and force-fed, according to a German doctor and former member of the choir. The doctor, now 33 and living in Berlin, also claims he was forced to perform oral sex by an older student.

(database of allegations of sexual abuse by priests)

Anon teachers Eight former choristers, now aged between 40 and 70, have come forward to denounce their teachers, 12 March 2010.

Diocesan Case List

(database of allegations of sexual abuse by priests)

(alphabetical listing)

Anon priest I Priest of the vicariate of Wienerwald is said to have possessed and distributed child pornography. Authorities are investigating. In addition to priestly duties, the priest was also a pilgrimage director. Reported 11 February 2010.

Anon priest II Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen was investigating two cases of alleged child abuse at present (February 2010). No data.

Anon priest III Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen was investigating two cases of alleged child abuse at present (February 2010). No data.

Anon priest IV Known to Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen, no data.

Anon priest V Known to Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen, no data.

Anon priest VI Known to Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen, no data.

Anon priest VII Known to Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen, no data.

Anon priest VIII Known to Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen, no data.

Anon priest IX Known to Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen, no data.

Anon priest X Known to Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen, no data.

Anon priest XI Known to Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen, no data.

Anon priest XII Known to Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen, no data.

Anon priest XIII Known to Archdiocese of Vienna ombudsmen, no data.

Groër affair See below Groër Scandal.

Groër Scandal

Hans Groër Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer (1919-2003) of Vienna, ordained 12 April 1942, He entered the Order of Saint Benedict in 1974 and took the name Hermann upon his solemn profession of vows on 8 September 1980. The same year saw Groër named as the spiritual director of the Legion of Mary for Austria. He was a largely nondescript abbot of limited pastoral experience, limited theological acumen, and limited leadership ability.

  1. Archbishop of Vienna There was some resistance to his appointment as Archbishop of Vienna, including Cardinal Koenig, but the Vatican was determined to place a pious prelate of impeccable marian credentials as the new Primate of Austria. On 15 July 1986, he was appointed the fifteenth Archbishop of Vienna, succeeding Cardinal Franz König.
  2. Cardinal Groër Groër was created Cardinal Priest of Santi Gioacchino ed Anna al Tuscolano by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of 28 June 1988. Within a short time, Groer was enmeshed in a sexual abuse scandal that plunged the church into the slough of despond. Groer adamantly refused to answer the allegations, declare his innocence or guilt, apologize or reconcile. In brief, he chose silence and would be accountable to no one save the Pope.

Groër scandal Allegations that Hans Hermann Cardinal Groër, head of the Catholic Church in Austria, a country where 78% of the population was Catholic, had used his position to further his pedophilia, with more than 2,000 seminarian victims, sexually molesting students at an all-male Catholic boarding school in Hollabrunn in early 1970s. He denied the allegations, but his replacement, Cardinal Christop Schonborn, said they were true and apologized on his behalf. Groër resigned in April 1995 as head of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference under pressure from church and lay leaders. On the Vatican’s orders, but without admitting any guilt, he relinquished his church duties and went into months of exile in Dresden, Germany, 1998.

Groër threat Monks and ex-monks told investigators that Groer not only molested them sexually but created a state of “spiritual dependency” that required young men to worship him and grant him sexual favors or face exclusion from the church hierarchy. The cardinal took advantage of his position as father-confessor to intimidate the young people.

  1. Groër victims Some of his young seminarian victims recounted how he would ask them to come to his room for confession, demand they take off their clothes and then abuse them.
  2. Anon accusationGroër eventually stepped down after being accused of sexually molesting a schoolboy in 1995.

"Das Buch Groer" By Hubertus Czernin whose investigation led to the claim in that Groër had abused more than 2000 young men, although the actual figure remains unknown. Groër continued to deny the allegations until his death.

  1. New York Times estimate Newspaper estimated number of victims ranges from half a dozen to 30 (New York Times, April 2010).

Hush money Church is alleged to have offered some of the former pupils "hush money".

Groër petition Demand for reform signed by a half-million Austrians.

Vatican investigation Four Austrian bishops, including his successor in Vienna, Archbishop Christoph Schönborn, now a cardinal made at Cardinal Groër’s abbey in 1998. They deemed the accusations against Cardinal Groër accurate with “moral certainty.” It has never been released by the Vatican.

Groër scandal cover-up Church maintained official silence on the matter for a long time. Groër’s successor Cardinal Schönborn apologized for the affair, but asked people to refrain from further discussion of the case. Austrians were outraged with thousands leaving the Church, allegations surfaced in 1995 but nothing was done until March-April 1998.

Göttweig Monastery Religious house that first raised the question of Cardinal Groër’s pedophilia, and the same people again raised the question when new allegations surfaced, early 1998.

  1. Rooney investigation Vatican sent American abbot, Marcel Rooney, who heads the Confederation of Benedictines in Rome, to Göttweig Monastery to report on the affair, March 1998.
  2. Catholic Action Group of lay Catholics found Cardinal Schönborn’s apology inadequate and demanded the Rooney report be published, 17 April 1998.

Krenn support Bishop Kurt Krenn, an ultra-conservative who angered many by his staunch support for Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër. “The church's authority does not rest solely in its bishops,” Pope John Paul II said on his third visit to Austria, aimed at calming the waters in a traditional Catholic bastion being rocked by the Groër scandal, in a clear reference to Bishop Kurt Krenn. The pope privately scolded the bishops for going public with their conflicts, saying that “like every house that has special rooms that are not open to all guests,” the church too needs “rooms for talks that require privacy,” 21 June 1998.

Note In the only public statement during the trip that could be construed as a reference to the Groër scandal, the pope said he knew his bishops had been “put through trials of various types” and that they were “particularly present” in his prayers.

'Groër resignation Groër stepped down as head of the Roman Catholic Church in Austria following accusations of sexual misconduct in 1995. In 1998 he left the country. He remained a Cardinal.

Kremsmunster Abbey

Kremsmünster Abbey (Kremsmünster monastery) (Stift Kremsmünster) Benedictine monastery in Kremsmünster in Upper Austria, founded in 777 CE by Tassilo III, Duke of Bavaria. The new foundation received generous endowments from the founder and also from Charlemagne and his successors.

Kremsmünster Abbey school Abbot Gregor Lechner (1543-1558) made the monastic school, previously private, into a public school 1549, and did much to preserve Catholicism in the district, where the Protestant doctrines had become widely prevalent. The poet and writer Adalbert Stifter was educated here. Monks still work today in education and maintain a school.

  1. Mathematical Tower School block with the astronomcial observatory on top (Kremsmünster Sternwarte). Alexander Fixlmillner (1731–1759), who built the great observatory, whose nephew Placidus Fixlmillner, the first astronomer to compute the orbit of Uranus, was later appointed the director of the observatory.

Kremsmunster monastery abuse Five former students brought charges against three monks at the Kremsmunster monastery. The priests are said to have humiliated, beaten and to have sexually abused students.

(database of allegations of sexual abuse by priests)

Anon priest I Dismissed for abusing pupils in the 1980s, having admitted the abuse.

Anon priest II Dismissed for abusing pupils in the 1980s.

Anon priest III Dismissed for abusing pupils in the 1980s.

Anon priest IV Attacks are alleged to have happened between 1993 and 1997, priest suspended, reported by Ambros Ebhart, the abbot, 15 March 2010.

Anon priest V Attacks are alleged to have happened between 1993 and 1997, priest suspended, reported by Ambros Ebhart, the abbot, 15 March 2010.

Anon priest VI Attacks are alleged to have happened between 1993 and 1997, priest suspended, reported by Ambros Ebhart, the abbot, 15 March 2010.

Anon priest VII Attacks are alleged to have happened between 1993 and 1997, priest suspended, reported by Ambros Ebhart, the abbot, 15 March 2010.

Anon priest VIII Attacks are alleged to have happened between 1993 and 1997, priest suspended, reported by Ambros Ebhart, the abbot, 15 March 2010.

Diocese of Eisenstadt

Diocese of Eisenstadt (Latin: Sideropolitan(us)) Located in the city of Eisenstadt in the Ecclesiastical province of Wien in Austria. Established as Apostolic Administration of Burgenland from the Diocese of Győr, Hungary and Diocese of Szombathely, Hungary, 18 May 1922. Promoted as Diocese of Eisenstadt, 15 August 1960.

Štefan László Bishop of Eisenstadt 15 August 1960–28 December 1992.

Paul Iby Bishop of Eisenstadt, since 28 December 1992.

Ägidius Zsifkovics Born in Gussing, Austria in 1963 and ordained a priest in 1987. Appointment as new bishop of the Eisenstadt diocese has been branded a "reckless demonstration of power by the Vatican." Theologian Paul Zulehner said he was "disappointed" to hear of the decision of the Austrian Roman Catholic Church to make Zsifkovics the successor of Paul Iby. "I don’t think he will be accepted by a majority of believers," he said. Zulehner added: "This decision is a missed chance," 9 July 2010.

Diocese of Eisenstadt abuse Incidents of sexual abuse have been reported.

(database of allegations of sexual abuse by priests)

[NK offenders acknowledged, 1 listed]

Anon priest I Known to Diocese of Eisenstadt (2009), no data.

Vorarlberg Boarding School

(database of allegations of sexual abuse by priests)

Anon priest XX 74-year-old priest was suspended for abusing 20 pupils at a Catholic boarding school in Vorarlberg between late 1970s and early 1980s, the local diocese announced, 10 March 2010. He handed in his resignation the same day, Bishop Paul Iby said.

  1. Church cover-up Current director said the school had hushed up the affair at the time and the priest had been reassigned to a neighbouring province and made to undergo therapy. But he remained a priest.

Mehrerau Monastery

Mehrerau Monastery Monastery with boarding school, Vorarlberg, in western Austria
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  1. Vorarlberg boarding school Catholic boarding school in Vorarlberg in southern Styria.

Mehrerau Monastery abuse Students were abused by priests at the Mehrerau monastry.

(database of allegations of sexual abuse by priests)

Anon priests Number not known.

Anon priest I In one instance, a priest was transferred to the Tyrol where he was still working as a priest.

Anon priest II One priest had sexually abused a male pupil at the boarding school in the 1980s, Abbot Anselm van der Linde stated in an interview 9 March 2010.

Anon priest III Mehrerau priest sexually abused a young male drug addict in the town of Innsbruck in 2001 while he was studying there, the head of the abbey told the regional daily Vorarlberger Nachrichten.

Diocese of Linz

Gerhard Wagner Gerhard Maria Wagner, the ultraconservative priest appointed by the pope as auxiliary bishop in Linz without having consulted the local church, 7 February 2009. Wagner made headlines in the past when he condemned JK Rowling's Harry Potter books for its "satanist" content. He also suggested in 2005 that Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment, as it destroyed five abortion clinics as well as nightclubs in New Orleans.

Diocese of Linz abuse Incidents of sexual abuse have been reported. No data.

St. Florian Boys' Choir

St. Florian's Priory (Ger. Stift Sankt Florian) Monastery in the town of Sankt Florian, Upper Austria, Austria.

St. Florianer Sängerknaben (St. Florian Boys' Choir) (SFSK) Founded in 1071, at the time when monks of the Augustiner Chorherren took over the monastery. The Boys' Choir were responsible for providing church music at the Convent of St. Florian; today, however, they are also an internationally acclaimed concert choir sponsored by the "Society of the Friends of St. Florian Boys' Choir".

St. Florian Boys' Choir abuse Abuse cases have surfaced at St. Florian Boys' Choir. In Vorarlberg, the number of victims has risen to 16.

Diocesan Case List

(database of allegations of sexual abuse by priests)

[NK offenders acknowledged, 2 listed]

Anon priest I Known to Diocese of Linz (2009), no data.

Friedl affair Rev. Josef Friedl, one of the 31 deans who said they would refuse to accept the episcopal ordination of Rev. Gerhard Wagner, told a public forum that he opposes the discipline of priestly celibacy and lives with his girlfriend. He said that his parishioners have no objections, reported 9 March 2009.

Diocese of Sankt Pölten

Diocese of Sankt Pölten abuse Incidents of sexual abuse have been reported.

No data.

Sankt Pölten Seminary

St. Poelten seminary affair Ultra-conservative Sankt Pölten seminary for trainee priests at St. Poelten, 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Vienna, had download 40,000 pornographic photos and an undisclosed number of films, including child pornography, on computers at the seminary. They also took pictures of themselves showing young priests and their instructors kissing and fondling each other, and engaging in orgies and sex games. Allegations were made of drunken orgies in the seminar building where “Nazi slogans were also heard.” Seminary chief, Rev. Ulrich Kuechl, was forced to resign 5 July 2004 and his deputy, Wolfgang Rothe, secretary and legal advisor to Bishop of Diocese St. Poelten, Kurt Krenn, submitted his resignation. Revealed after years of silence July 2004.

Kurt Krenn Bishop of Diocese St. Poelten with a reputation as an ultra-conservative in matters of Catholic dogma, said the pictures had “nothing to do with homosexuality.” They were “foolish” boyish pranks. Krenn made headline news in Austria in 1998 when he staunchly defended Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, also a conservative, against pedophilia charges. The cardinal was later forced by the Vatican to resign his post as the Archbishop of Vienna after it became clear he had been molesting students at an all-male boarding school for years. Krenn resigned 30 September 2004.

  1. Piotr Z Polish student priest was convicted of possessing child pornography and given a six-month suspended jail sentence for downloading images of child pornography and violent sex from the Internet, 13 August 2004.
  2. Apostolic Visitor Emissary appointed by Rome to intervene in cases of “grave irregularity” when local church authorities are unable or unwilling to resolve the situation satisfactorily. Cardinal Kueng, Austrian born and a member of Opus Dei, was sent to the Poelten seminary and closed it down because it had “veered away from its mission,” 12 August 2004.
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