Press Office Statement on Mueller Case


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(07 Apr 10 - RV) In response to questions from reporters about the case of the former bishop of Trondheim, Monsignor Georg Mueller, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardi S.J., issued the following statement:

I confirm the information given in the press statement released by the Apostolic Administrator of Trondheim (Norway), Bishop Bernd Eidsvig regarding the former bishop of Trondheim, Mgr Georg Mueller, Bishop of the Diocese from 1997 to 2009.

The story concerns a case of sexual abuse of a child in the early 1990's, which came to the attention of church authorities in January 2009. The issue was addressed and dealt with promptly through the Stockholm Nunciature, by mandate of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In May 2009, the Bishop offered his resignation which was promptly accepted by the Holy Father, and in June left the diocese. He underwent a period of therapy and no longer carries out pastoral activities. From the standpoint of civil law the case fell into prescription. The victim, now an adult, has so far always asked to remain anonymous.