Sunday, September 22, 2013
Why gays should not be allowed to become priests: South African authorities have released a German Catholic priest, wanted for child abuse by Germany, on bail but will put him on trial in November 2013 for committing similar acts in South Africa
The priest, whose identity was not given but who was said to be in his fifties and from Aachen in western Germany, was arrested on September 13, 2013 as he left a court in the northern town of Brits where he was standing trial for assault and acts of indecency. The arrest was based on an international warrant and a German extradition request issued several years ago. Bail was set at 5,000 rands ($505) and his release was conditional on staying in Kwazulu-Natal province where he is being hosted by the Ishowe diocese. The South African trial will open on November 8, 2013. The acts of indecency were committed in 2008 on four boys then aged nine and 10, some of German origin, who attended a German-language Catholic youth camp near Johannesburg. They had complained about offers to sleep in the priest's bed and inappropriate fondling. After November's hearing the priest could be extradited to Germany.