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Austrian Seminary shut over porn scandal


A Vatican-appointed bishop has closed down an Austrian seminary following allegations of sexual impropriety.

Bishop Klaus Kueng said the seminary in St Poelten, near Vienna, had veered away from its mission to train young men into the Roman Catholic Church.

Last month the bishop was appointed by Pope John Paul II to investigate, after a seminary student was charged with distributing child pornography.

The affair has shocked Austria and embarrassed the Catholic Church.

On Thursday Bishop Kueng, of the Austrian city of Feldkirch, accused the seminary leadership of "paying too little attention to recruiting requirements".

To justify the immediate closing down of the establishment, he said: "A new beginning is necessary."

The authorities say images of child pornography and violent sex were found on the college's main computer and a student's hard drive.

SOURCE
Seminary shut over porn scandal (BBC 12/8/04)

LINKS
Papal emissary closes seminary (The Advertiser/AP 13/8/04)
Pope's emissary shuts down Austrian seminary (Irish Times 12/8/04)
Child porn found in Austrian seminary, shut down (Associated Press/USA Today 12/8/04)
Papal Emissary Closes Austrian Seminary (Associated Press/herald-sun.com 12/8/04)
Scandal-ridden seminary closed down in Austria (Catholic World News 12/8/04)
Seminary shut after porn scandal (CNN 12/8/04)
When a pope is not a pontiff (National Catholic Reporter 26/7/04)
Austrian bishop silenced during apostolic visitation (CathNews 26/7/04)
John L. Allen: Conversation with Sant'Egidio founder Andrea Riccardi; Vatican gets serious on Africa; Catholic-Jewish dialogue; Vatican investigates Austrian seminary sex scandal; More reflections from Peru (National Catholic Reporter 23/7/04)
The ultimate betrayal (The Tablet 24/7/04)
Speedy response to Austrian sex scandal reflects seriousness (CathNews 22/7/04)
Pope names bishop to look into scandal at Austrian seminary (CathNews 21/7/04)
Other Pontifical Acts (Vatican Information Service 20/7/04)
Vatican sends investigator to Austrian diocese (Catholic World News 20/7/04)
Pope Names Investigator for Austrian Sex Scandal (Reuters 20/7/04)
Vatican Enters Austria Seminary Dispute (The Guardian/Associated Press 20/7/04)
Austrian chancellor incensed by priest sex scandal (Reuters 17/7/04)
Austrian bishops await Vatican move on scandal (Catholic World News 16/7/04)
St. Pölten and Gomorrah? (Weinerzeitung.at 20/7/04)
Vatican investigates Austrian child porn scandal (Associated Press/MSNBC 20/7/04)
Austria probes seminary sex claims (CathNews 13/7/04)
Priests 'In Orgy' at Seminary (The Scotsman 12/7/04)



13 Aug 2004