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The public loss of reputation of the church before the background of the shameful abuse cases through priests and members of orders. The increase of people leaving the Church and the noticeable fall of service visitor numbers are clear signs for this. Read more:

Insistent act of repentance of German bishops

The walk of repentance of German bishops

Abuse: German bishops do repentance

The spring general assembly of the 69 Catholic bishops started yesterday evening in Paderborn with an act of repentance for the sexual abuse through priests. At the same time victim associations demonstrated in front of the cathedral; for them a maximum compensation of 5000 Euro seems to be too small.

Archbishop Zollitsch asks abuse victims for forgiveness

For the first time in the history of the German bishop conference since 1848 the Catholic bishops meet for a general assembly in Paderborn. The host, Archbishop Hans-Joseph Becker, promises the 69 cardinals, archbishops, bishops and . . .

Christian Weisner of the federal team “We are church” gives a piece of his mind: “We know that the German bishops are in practice dammed by Rome to be incapable of acting, that they are virtually speechless and are their own worst enemies.”

Archbishop Hans-Joseph Becker, so to speak the landlord of the spring general assembly of his altogether 68 fellow brothers in office, . . . has to state: “Many suffer from public loss of reputation of the church before the background of the shameful abuse cases through priests and members of orders. The increase of people leaving the Church and the noticeable fall of service visitor numbers are clear signs for this.”

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the chairman of the bishop conference.

Nevertheless also in Paderborn Archbishop Zollitsch does not get tired to assert that “only through change and dialog can the church win new trust”.

Such a sign of guilty change visible for a long way, particularly before the background of the abuse cases within the Catholic Church, then also forms the demonstrative act of repentance of the bishops in the framework of the conference opening service in the Paderborn cathedral yesterday evening. The “Mea Culpa” as symbol that the church has failed as institution in so numerous cases and finally therefore also got into the most severe crisis of younger history.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch renounced the insignia of mitre and rod, carried a wooden cross and led with it the silent entry of the bishops into the cathedral. Then they all knelt down and spoke a prayer of repentance, in which it is said moreover: “We feel deep shame. All too often the responsible people have looked away.”

 

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