March 15th, 2010
12:42 PM ET

Pope's ex-diocese suspends sex-abuse priest

A priest convicted of sexually abusing children - and whose subsequent move from one location to another the pope approved when he was a German cardinal - has been suspended, his archdiocese announced Monday.

The priest, identified only as H, violated the terms set out for him after his conviction, the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising said in a statement. It did not say what the violation was, but at the time of his conviction by a German court, he was ordered to pay a fine and not work with children again.

The priest's superior also resigned, the church said.

The pope - then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - approved the man's move from Essen to Munich in the early 1980s, but the archdiocese said the cardinal was never personally aware of the details of the man's case.

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