German priest found dead after misconduct-related suspension

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German priest found dead after misconduct-related suspension

The head of the seminary in the German Catholic diocese of Limburg, Christof May, has been found shortly after being suspended over misconduct allegations, reported dpa.

The diocese confirmed the news on Friday without giving details of the circumstances of the cleric's death or details about the alleged misconduct.

The priest had been summoned by Bishop Georg Bätzing on Wednesday in connection with the allegations and was temporarily released from his duties. One day later, he was discovered dead.

"The events have shocked us in the diocese of Limburg and far beyond," the diocese said. "The death has hit us very hard, caused dismay and bewilderment and leaves us with many questions."

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