A priest convicted of sexually abusing children - and whose subsequent move from one location to another the pope approved when he was a German cardinal - has been suspended, his archdiocese announced Monday.
The priest, identified only as H, violated the terms set out for him after his conviction, the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising said in a statement. It did not say what the violation was, but at the time of his conviction by a German court, he was ordered to pay a fine and not work with children again.
The priest's superior also resigned, the church said.
The pope - then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - approved the man's move from Essen to Munich in the early 1980s, but the archdiocese said the cardinal was never personally aware of the details of the man's case.
The priest was in therapy for having abused children when he was transferred, the archdiocese said.
Officials said the priest was released from church service in 2008 and was no longer serving actively as a priest. He was a church counselor for tourists.
The move comes as hundreds of alleged victims have come forward in Germany, claiming priests abused them. Some allege the abuse was sexual, while others refer to physical violence such as slapping.