Austrian Seminary Sex Scandal Grows

Zaman Daily Newspaper [Austria]
July 13, 2004

After a large stash of child pornography was discovered at St. Polten Roman Catholic Seminary in Austria, pictures depicting homosexual acts between students and teachers at the seminary also surfaced.

Profil magazine published the photos yesterday, prompting the resignation of seminary director Ulrich Kuechl and his associate Wolfgang Rothe.

Bishop Kurt Krenn told Austria TV (ORF) on Monday that the photos were real. "I have seen the photos before. During the Christmas celebrations, teachers and students expressed themselves in a bit more relaxed way. It is not such an important issue to dwell on. These are childish pranks," claimed Krenn.

Krenn added they would investigate the case and expel students and teachers from the school if it was discovered that they engaged in real homosexual relationships.

A statement form the Archbishops Conference, which is responsible for all the seminaries in Austria, indicated that the Vatican was investigating the case. Observers point out that the Krenn might lose his position.

Meanwhile, the Federal Attorney is investigating the child pornography scandal at the monastery.


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