Georg Müller (Bishop)

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Georg Müller SSCC (born June 7, 1951 in Volkesfeld , Eifel ; † October 25, 2015 in Münster ) was a German Roman Catholic bishop and prelate of the Trondheim Prelature in Norway.


Georg Müller attended the Johannes-Gymnasium Lahnstein boarding school from 1963 to 1971 and in 1971 joined the order of the Arnstein Fathers in Simpelveld, the Netherlands . In 1972 he made his profession and studied theology and philosophy in Münster. On March 18, 1978, he was ordained a priest in Simpelveld by the then Bishop of Trondheim and later Bishop of Oslo , Gerhard Schwenzer SSCC . In 1981 he was sent to Norway by his order. From 1983 to 1988 he was secretary of the Nordic Bishops' Conference ; from 1984 to 1988 he was Vicar General of Bishop Schwenzer in the Trondheim Prelature. From 1987 to 1994 he was also pastor of the parish of St. Olav in Trondheim.

After Gerhard Schwenzer's appointment as Bishop of Oslo, he became Apostolic Administrator in Trondheim in 1988 . On June 20, 1997, he was appointed Bishop and Prelate of Trondheim by Pope John Paul II . The episcopal ordination donated him the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity , Cardinal Cassidy , on July 28 the same year. Co- consecrators were his predecessor Gerhard Schwenzer SSCC and Paul Verschuren SCI , Bishop of Helsinki and chairman of the Scandinavian Bishops' Conference. His motto was "Caritas Dei in cordibus nostris" ("The love of God in our hearts").

After years of conflict, Müller resigned from the leadership of the prelature in 2009 at the request of the Vatican and moved to Rome, where he settled in the motherhouse of the Swedish Order of the Redeemer of the Birgittines . This order came to Trondheim in June 1998 at the invitation of Müller to found the Birgittenkloster Trondheim in cooperation with Müller . His resignation was in early June 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI. accepted. The Apostolic Nuncio for Scandinavia, Emil Paul Tscherrig , named the reason for his resignation , above all, the dissatisfaction of Müller with the local church choir, the now dissolved Caritas Association Trondheim and other aspects of the Trondheim community life.

As a bishop emeritus, Müller first lived in the Generalate of the Arnstein Fathers in Rome, and finally, since 2012, in the community of the Arnstein Fathers in Münster. On October 25, 2015 he died in Münster after a serious illness; he was buried in the cemetery in Werne .

Sexual abuse

According to reports in the newspaper Adresseavisen , which uncovered the scandal, it became known on April 7, 2010 that the real reason for Müller's resignation was the investigation by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Apostolic Nunciature in Stockholm into sexual assault on a minor at the beginning of the 1990s. The case was not made public at the victim's request. It was the first known case of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Norway. The Holy See confirmed the reports. From December 2009 to the beginning of April 2010, Müller stayed at the Franziskus Hospital Harderberg in Georgsmarienhütte , where he underwent therapy. The meaning and purpose of this therapy remained unknown. There he held public services in the hospital chapel; This considered Müller's successor as administrator of the Trondheim prelature, Bishop Bernt Ivar Eidsvig's CRSA (Oslo), to be inadmissible.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Berit Baumberger: Georg Müller er død . Address alerts , October 26, 2015.
  2. a b c Czeslaw Kozon , Heinz-Josef Catrein, Heribert Müller, Matthias Müller: Obituary Georg Müller SSCC . ( Memento from October 29, 2015 in the web archive ) Website of the Arnstein Fathers, October 2015.
  3. Katolsk biskop avgår . ( Memento from May 26, 2012 in the web archive ) Dagen .
    Mari Wedø, Morten Karlsen: - Godt at biskopen drar . NRK Trøndelag , June 8, 2009.
    Kjersti Nipen: Religiøs råkjører . In: Adresseavisen , Ukeadressa 13 June 2009 (bilag) (Norwegian).
  4. Frank Lervik: Her gjemte han seg TV adressa Motte Georg Müller i Klosteret i Roma I 2001 . Address alerts , April 14, 2010 (Norwegian).
  5. Michael Werling and others: A Birgitten monastery for Trondheim . ( Memento from February 26, 2019 in the Internet Archive ) Cologne University of Applied Sciences , Cologne 2005
  6. ^ German bishop of Trondheim prematurely dismissed from office . ( Memento of March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Vatican Radio , June 8, 2009, accessed on October 28, 2015.
  7. Katolsk biskop avgår efter conflict . ( Memento from May 26, 2012 in the web archive ) Dagen (Swedish)
  8. See on the death of Bishop emeritus Georg Müller SSCC . Arnstein Fathers, October 2015.
  9. Catholic Church pays compensation: abuse case also in Norway . ( Memento from April 11, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) , April 7, 2010.
  10. Kristjan Molstad, David Bach, Sæba Bajoghli, Berit E. Baumberger, Svein Inge Meland, Norunn Bergesen: Norsk biskop tilstår misbruk av altergutt . Aftenposten , April 7, 2010, accessed October 28, 2015 (Norwegian)
  11. Bernt Eidsvig : Biskop Müller avgang . Press release from the administrator of the Prelature Trondheim, April 6, 2010 (Norwegian)
  12. Dichiarazione del Direttore della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede, P. Federico Lombardi, SI Press Office of the Holy See, Daily Bulletin of April 7, 2010, accessed October 28, 2015 (Italian).
  13. Ex-Bishop: From Georgsmarienhütte to Rome . Ems-Zeitung, April 15, 2010, accessed on October 28, 2015.
    Flogging allegations against Bishop: Children's home uses Mixa special investigators . Spiegel Online , April 7, 2010, accessed October 28, 2015.
  14. Arne Marco Kirsebom: Müllersaken henlagt . Blog entry from April 14, 2010.
  15. Gøril Huse: Holder fortsatt gudstjenester . ( Memento from September 3, 2012 in the web archive ) Klar Tale , April 8, 2010 (Norwegian), accessed on October 28, 2015.
    Berit Baumberger: Her holder Müller fortsatt gudstjenester . Address alerts , April 8, 2010, accessed October 28, 2015 (Norwegian).
predecessor Office successor
Gerhard Schwenzer Prelate of Trondheim
Bernt Ivar Eidsvig (Administrator)