German Diocese Suspends Priest Amid Sex Abuse Charges

Pope Benedict XVI's former diocese says it has suspended a priest convicted in 1986 of sexually abusing minors and accepted the resignation of his superior.

The Archdiocese of Munich and Freising said Monday it had suspended a priest identified only as Rev. H. after having found that he had violated the condition that he not work with youth. The archdiocese said they had no complaints of more offenses by the priest.

It added that his superior, Prelate Josef Obermaier, had also resigned.

Joseph Ratzinger served as Archbishop of Munich and Freising from 1977 to 1986 before being called to Rome.