One among Germany’s most well-known Catholic boys’ choirs, the Regensburg Cathedral Choir, plans to determine a separate choral group for ladies for the primary time in its greater than 1000-year historical past.
“We’re completely satisfied to welcome women sooner or later,” choir director Christian Heiss mentioned in a press release Tuesday, including that the so-called Regensburg Cathedral Sparrows nonetheless could be open solely to boys and stay the No. 1 choir.
Women can apply to the brand new choir from the start of the 2022-23 college 12 months. They may even must attend the highschool that’s linked to the choir.
The Regensburg choir was based across the 12 months 975 and is regarded as one of many oldest boys’ choirs on the planet.
Choir members have toured the world, together with journeys to the Vatican, america, Canada, Poland and Japan, and carried out for Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II.
In 2010, allegations surfaced about the usage of corporal punishment on boys within the choir. Georg Ratzinger, the brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who led the choir for a few years, apologized for the abuse.
Ratzinger, who died final 12 months, mentioned he was conscious of allegations of bodily abuse at an elementary college linked to the choir however did nothing about it.