Msgr. Hans Feichtinger: German Bishops Use Abuse Crisis to Promote Dissent

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Editor’s note: Pictured above, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, speaks to the press on the final day of the meeting on “The Protection of Minors in the Church” in Rome on February 24, 2019. (Photo credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA)

Msgr. Hans Feichtinger, Crisis Magazine, March 19, 2019

According to a recent study conducted at the University of Ulm (Germany), the number of minors who suffered sexual abuse within the German Church is much higher than previously assumed. In comparison with other countries, however, this is not surprising, and was to be expected. Even more surprising has been another finding in the study: the number of victims is equally high in Protestant churches (which in Germany are mostly Lutheran and Reformed). Another horrific discovery is the high percentage of particularly serious crimes committed by clergy.

When it comes to reacting to abuse in the Church, the Germans are lagging behind the English-speaking world. They are also far behind when it comes to church renewal because the German church establishment is still stuck in the 1970s. Vague concepts of “going further than the changes made by Vatican II” and of updating doctrine and discipline to be more pleasing to the world, are powerful and widespread attitudes among the bishops. This may also have to do with how deeply intertwined the ecclesiastical leadership is with the political and judicial establishment. As elite opinion moves in a progressive direction, the German bishops are sure to follow close behind….Read entire article here: