Vatican Concerned over St. Poelten Sex Scandal

Die Presse [Austria]
July 14, 2004

St. Poelten - Erich Leitenberger, spokesman for Vienna Archbishop Christoph Schoenborn, has said that the Vatican is taking allegations of paedophile and homosexual sex acts at a Catholic seminary in Lower Austria very seriously. He said it was the nuncio, a special envoy to the Vatican's duty to report back to Rome and added, "Out nuncio is a very thorough and sober observer.

It is fair to assume that the Vatican is dealing very closely with the affair." St. Poelten Bishop Kurt Krenn is directly responsible for occurrences in his district but he has indicated that he will not step down over the affair. Leitenberger said, "Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Krenn is going to resign." He said he expects that the Vatican has been in contact with Krenn over possible consequences. No dismissal procedures exist within the church and a bishop can only be removed by the Pope, or by resigning from his position.


Any original material on these pages is copyright © 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.