Catholic nuns running a children’s home in Germany had allegedly rented out orphaned boys to businessmen and priests, who committed horrific acts of rape and sexual abuse, a secret report alleges.
The report, which is being withheld from the public, documents the sick crimes facilitated by nuns belonging to the Catholic Archdiocese of Cologne in Germany, according to the Daily Beast, which gained access to it after it was leaked to several media outlets.
It details how nuns who ran a convent in Speyer, Germany, between the 1960s and 1970s had ‘rented’ orphaned boys to businessmen and clergy, who abused the children, sometimes for weeks at a time, before ‘returning’ them.According to the outlet, some of the orphans were forced to participate in ‘gang bangs and orgies’ before being returned to the convent, where the nuns would discipline them for having ‘wrinkl[ed] their clothes or being covered in semen.
‘The report concluded that 175 children, most of them boys between the ages of eight and 14, were abused over two decades.
Some of the children were intentionally barred from being adopted or taken into a foster home so the nuns could continue to hire them out, the probe’s conclusions allege.
However, the investigation declined to directly blame the nuns involved in the sick scheme, arguing instead that the abuse was the result of ‘systematic’ management errors and the ‘leniency’ accorded to those accused of taking part in the abominable crimes, the Beast reported.