CNA Staff, May 18, 2021 / 13:50 pm
A parents’ association has expressed shock at a paper issued by the German Church’s abuse commission that it says is based on the theories of a disgraced sexologist.
The Elternverein Nordrhein-Westfalen, an independent secular organization, said in a May 12 open letter to the bishops that it was “stunned” that the text cited the work of Uwe Sielert, which it linked to the theories of psychologist Helmut Kentler.
Kentler, who died in 2008, regularly placed homeless children with pedophile men in West Berlin, according to a study by the University of Hildesheim published last year.
“The prevention officers of all German dioceses are currently recommending a sex education that is based on the theories of the well-known pedophilic criminal Helmut Kentler, continued by Prof. Uwe Sielert, who still calls Kentler a ‘fatherly friend,’” the open letter asserted.
The parents’ association, founded in 1974 and based in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, urged the bishops and diocesan safeguarding representatives to “reject this disconcerting paper.”
The Federal Conference of Diocesan Prevention Officers published the “position paper” online in April after voting to adopt the text in January.
CNA Deutsch reported that the 16-page document, entitled “Position Paper on the Organization of Prevention of Sexualized Violence and Sexual Education,” had disappeared from the official website on May 17. But it appeared to be restored a day later.
The working group of the Federal Conference of Diocesan Prevention Officers told the Rheinische Post newspaper May 18 that it rejected the claims of the parents’ association.