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Declaration by Fr Lombardi

· Regarding the Müller case ·

In response to journalists' questions regarding the case of Bishop Georg Müller, sscc, Bishop emeritus of the Territorial Prelature of Trondheim, Norway, Fr Federico Lombardi, sj, Director of the Holy See Press Office, issued a statement on 7 April. In it, he confirmed the information given in the communiqué of the Apostolic Administrator of the same Prelature, Mons. Bernd Eidsvig, about Bishop Müller, who was Bishop of the Prelature from 1997 to 2009.

“The case concerns the sexual abuse of a minor that took place in the early 1990s”, Fr Lombardi's statement reads, “and it was brought to the attention of ecclesiastical authorities in January 2009. The matter was attended to and examined with rapidity by the Nunciature in Stockholm, by mandate of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In May 2009, the bishop presented his resignation, which was promptly accepted by the Holy Father, and in June, Müller left the Prelature. He underwent a period of therapy and no longer carries out pastoral activity. From a civil law perspective, the case had been barred by the statute of limitations. The victim, now an adult, has so far asked to remain anonymous”.

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