Pope's brother says he would testify in abuse case

ROME (AP) - The pope's brother says in an interview that he would be willing to testify in the sex scandal rocking the Catholic church in Germany even though he knows nothing about the alleged abuse of a former choir boy.

Georg Ratzinger told Italian newspaper La Repubblica that it is in his interest that light be shed even though the alleged abuse didn't occur during his 30 years as head of the Regensburger Domspatzen choir in Germany.

The newspaper on Sunday also quoted the brother of Pope Benedict XVI as saying there was discipline when he ran the choir but no climate of terror as a former choir boy has indicated.

Ratzinger, a priest, is quoted as saying he suspects animosity toward the church lies behind the sex abuse scandal.

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