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In the wake of worldwide scandals, cases of sexual abuse at the choir school became public in March 2010, some of them dating back to 1958. The two named perpetrators both died in 1986. Former choir director Georg Ratzinger has denied knowledge of sexual abuse. The case has taken additional prominence because Georg Ratzinger is the brother of Pope Benedict XVI. A report in 2017 stated that at least 547 boys were victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse or both between the years 1945 and 1992. Current Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer announced plans to offer victims compensation of between 5,000 and 20,000 euros ($5,730 US and $22,930) each by the end of the year. The report faulted Ratzinger “in particular for ‘looking away’ or for failing to intervene. ” The report also stated that former Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, whom Pope Benedict XVI later named Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, bears “clear responsibility for the strategic, organizational and communicative weaknesses” for his poor efforts to investigate claims of past abuse when they surfaced.

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