Church Abuse Reaches Vatican

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Germany's sex abuse scandal is reaching the Vatican and Pope Benedict.

The pope's former archdiocese says that while he was archbishop a suspected pedophile priest was transferred to a job where he later abused children. The archdiocese has stressed that Benedict, who was archbishop of Munich from 1977-1982, didn't know about the transfer.

The pontiff is also under increasing fire for a 2001 Vatican document he wrote that instructs bishops to keep such cases secret.

At the time, he was in charge of the Vatican office that deals with such crimes. Benedict was elected pope in 2005.

Allegations of abuse have also surfaced at the prestigious choir that was led by the pope's brother from 1964 until 1994. His brother says the allegations date from before he was choir director.

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