The Jesuit order has failed as pedagogical institution and as moral authority in the cases of sexual abuse.
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2010 July 26
The abuse debate in the Catholic Church had been sparked off in the beginning of the year through the head of the Berlin Canisius College, Klaus Mertes, by him reporting numerous cases of sexual abuse within the prestigious Jesuit facility. Read more:
Today, on the 26th of July 2010, I read articles which deal with the case of abuse, which triggered off the scandal half a year ago, in Berlin. Here some ercerpts from these articles:
Canisius College. Expert accuses Jesuits of complete failure.
The Jesuits have, after they heard of the abuse cases in their schools, not at all thought of the children. The expert Andrea Fischer accuses the order of this.
After the abuse scandal in several Jesuit schools the order is accused of complete failure in a new expert's opinion. The paper, which was publish by the Jesuits themselves on Monday, was drawn up by the former green health minister Andrea Fischer. "The Jesuit order has failed as pedagogical institution and as moral authority in the cases of sexual abuse discussed here", it says in the expert's opinion.
Fischer had been commissioned by the order to investigate which necessary steps the Jesuits have to take from the abuse cases.
Intimate sex questions, touching of the genitals or the request to masturbate: This a Father is supposed to have done to his students at the Berlin Canisius College in the 70s and 80s. Although parents and students tried to draw attention to the abuse, the order undertook nothing for the protection of the youth, Fischer's report shows.
The cases have been covered up by the order. At least the responsible people had been sufficiently informed "that they could have acted and had to act", believes Fischer. "At no time the children and youth were thought of and taken care of, to help them."
Compensation - abuse victims demand money from Jesuit order.
Half a year after sexual abuse at German Jesuit schools, like the Berlin Canisius College, has become known, victims have demanded a concrete proposal of the order for finacial compensation.
The abuse debate in the Catholic Church had been sparked off in the beginning of the year through the head of the Berlin Canisius College, Klaus Mertes, by him reporting numerous cases of sexual abuse within the prestigious Jesuit facility.
The former federal health minister Andrea Fischer (Greens) recommended to the Jesuit order, to also go ahead in the matter of compensation as in the clearing up about the abuse cases and not to wait for the round table.
Whereas the transfer of teachers, who had been convicted of abuse, to other institutions, as it has happened in the isolated case, is a playing down of offences. As an example she named the case of a Father, who had accused himself of hundred fold abuse over decades and was still further employed in church services.
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