The former Bishop em. of Passau, Wilhelm Schraml, in agreement with the Freising Bishop´s conference, established an ecclesiastical trust which was officially recognised by the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Culture. The aim of the Pope Benedict Birthplace Trust is to present the personal and spiritual life of Pope Benedict XVI. The initiative for establishing the trust came from relatives of the former Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Josef Frings, whose council theologian was the former Bonn theology professor, Joseph Ratzinger. The trust is represented by the Committee Chairman, Cathedral Dean Klaus-Peter Franzl, Financial Director of the Archbishopric of Munich and Freising, and the Deputy Chairman, Dr Josef Sonnleitner, Financial Director of the Bishopric of Passau.
Belonging to the Board of Trustees are Diocesan Bishop Dr. Stefan Oster, Vicar General Dr Klaus Metzl, Financial Director Markus Reif, Financial Director Alois Sattler, Prof Dr Alexander Kolb, Permanent Secretary Dr Dieter Schütz and Mayor Hubert Gschwendtner