A report released on Tuesday documents the sexual abuse of more than 3,600 people by a number of 1,670 clergy members in Germany’s Catholic Church for a period of 68 years. This abuse constitutes in one of the largest Catholic Church scandals in Europe. But this somehow doesn’t surprise a lot of church watchers. Many other church abuses have been covered up by many jurisdictions that launched an investigation. Australia, Chile and several U.S. states are a part of this growing list.
“We are experiencing a very dark hour in our church’s history, which will hopefully result in a cleansing and renewal,” Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck, from Essen, addressed in a letter to his diocese. “The dangers are far from being exorcised. We must fear that there is and could still be sexual abuse among us.”
Catholic Church has been seen as a slow struggle with the global scale of its sexual abuses. Pope France, who was the senior most world’s Bishop, was held in an abuse meeting in February. But eventually the church made things transparent to protect the abusers.
“The impact on the public in Germany right now is quite big,” said Matthias Katsch, chairman of a German victims’ group. “What has influence is the ongoing worldwide crisis. People realize this isn’t a local problem — it is a global problem of the Catholic Church.”
Deutsche Welle, Germany’s public international broadcaster advised that the church will “need to face up to the discussion about topics like changes in sexual morality, or the abolition of celibacy.”
After interviewing almost 214 victims it was found out that only 20 percent held the third party for the abuse and there were a few who were also punished for doing so.
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