Recent court documents reveal two decades of sexual abuse of orphaned children by the very institution charged with their protection. The plaintiffs, survivors of horrific sexual abuse at a covenant in Speyer, Germany, described how 175 orphans — mostly boys ranging from age 7 to 14 — were ‘pimped’ out by the nuns to perverted businessmen and clergymen.
Nuns rented out the young boys fromboarding houses to pedophiles at the Order of the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer, during the 1960s and 1970s. Testimonies from the survivors disclose how the nuns shamelessly facilitated the systemic child sex abuse. The nuns, driven by their greed for compensation, initially supplied children to pedophile priests in the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany. They also sought out wealthy businessmen to help line their pockets.
The abuse went on for years, according to Karl Haucke, one of the leading plaintiffs, claiming the nuns often visited their dormitories. He said the nuns frequently drugged him and delivered him to predators’ apartments. The nuns also withheld specific orphans from being adopted or sent to foster homes because they needed them for their sickening scheme for profit.
Some of the very worst abuse by the Catholic church was forcing the boys to perform in gang bangs and orgies before returning to the convent. There, the nuns would punish them if their clothes were wrinkled or soiled with semen. Some of the boys were groomed to be sex slaves, according to lawyers who read the investigative report completed by the Archdiocese of Cologne.
Deutsche Welle (DW) News was the first to report the lawsuit against the Catholic establishment. As a result of the lawsuit filed against the convent in Speyer, Germany, victims demanded that the Archdiocese of Cologne in Germany execute a full investigation of children sexually abused between the 1960s to 1970s.
The shocking 560-page investigative report was finalized in January 2021.
Karl-Heinz Wiesmann, who now leads the archdiocese, said that “the abuse report was ‘so gory’ it would be too shocking to make public.” German authorities also tried to silence the report since several complicit clergymen and German businessmen were exposed.
According to DW News, sixteen out of hundreds of surviving childhood victims came forward years later with their eye-witness accounts. Karl Haucke,a 63-year-old victim, led the lawsuit along with 15 other victims, describing how they were horrifically abused during the 1960s to 1970s.
Haucke also testified that influential visitors were drawn to the orphanage to ‘buy’ the children so they could be abused as young as seven years old during their "sex parties."
The Bishop of Speyer verified that the principal abuser was Rudolf Motzenbäcker, a vicar who has since deceased. Haucke recalls being "literally dragged" by nuns to Motzenbäcker's home, where he was sexually abused, as Der Spiegel reported, a primary news source in Germany.
Haucke suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to this day. He also said that many of the children who were abused have since died. Some died by committing suicide, Hawk added, according to DW.
The main abusers are now deceased, and many victims have settled with the church for financial compensation, which has prohibited them from joining the lawsuit. The archdiocese now plans to publish a new revised, and undoubtedly heavily redacted, edition of the report in March, 2021.