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Abuse: Germany, Netherlands – Austria.

With the reports from Germany and Netherlands gaining ever wider attention, now Austria joins the club:

The head of an Austrian monastery lost his job Tuesday over allegations he abused a boy while he was a trainee priest.

The victim, now 53, told Austrian national radio Oe1 that after years of silence he confronted Bruno Becker, abbot of Sankt Peter monastery in the northern city of Salzburg, last November.

The abbot admitted the abuse and offered him 5,000 euros (6,790 dollars) to take no further action, he said.

The money was meant as compensation rather than hush money, Salzburg’s Archbishop Alois Kothgasser insisted on Oe1 radio.

Elsewhere in Austria, a Catholic boarding school spoke out about another case in the 1980s, while revelations emerged in the press of a priest who had abused up to 20 children in his care.

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