Police Seize Church Computers:
Unholy Row

By Nick Farrell
The Inquirer [Austria]
July 16, 2004

POLICE HAVE raided a seminary near Vienna, confiscated computer kit and arrested a priest they think was involved in a child porn ring.

They are believed to have uncovered some 40,000 pornographic photos and numerous videos on the computers.

Some church officials are also concerned that some of the photos show candidates for the priesthood kissing, fondling each other and playing sex games with their instructors.

Since news of the case got out the Diocese has had to shut down the guest book on its website because it had been flooded hundreds of messages of condemnation along with some expressing support and offering prayers.

The seminary's director, Rev. Ulrich Kuechl, has resigned along with his deputy, Wolfgang Rothe.

The scandal is big news in Austria where the Catholic church is losing members in droves following similar sex cases.


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