Mainz, Germany - A paedophile priest in Germany has applied to Pope Benedict XVI to resign from the priesthood after admitting that he molested boarding-school boys in the 1970s, his order said Tuesday.
At least 16 men have come forward to say they were forced into sexual acts as boys at the school, near Bad Neustadt an der Saale, 110 kilometres east of Frankfurt.
The incidents happened too long ago, between 1972 and 1976, to be prosecuted as crimes. The school closed in 1978.
The Missionaries of the Holy Family expressed regret to the victims and said the man, 71, would cease to be a priest, but would remain with the order as a brother.