Pope Benedict’s statement is “embarrassing”


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The Catholic reform movement “We are Church” has the opinion of the emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. with the correction of a statement on the Munich abuse report as “embarrassing”.

Munich / Rome – The Catholic reform movement “We are Church” has the statement of the emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. with the correction of a statement on the Munich abuse report as “embarrassing”. “What is still missing is his personal admission of guilt,” said “We are Church” spokesman Christian Weisner of the German Press Agency on Monday.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. had admitted to having made a false statement in his statement for the abuse report of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. Contrary to what was initially claimed, he took part in a meeting in 1980 as Archbishop of Munich and Freising, at which, according to reports, a priest was said to have been mentioned who had repeatedly attracted attention to the sexual abuse of children. The priest was then reinstated in the diocese and again abused children.

Wrong decisions in the case of this priest had “inflicted great suffering on many of those affected. He could have prevented that. He has to face up to this overall responsibility,” said Weisner. “It is extremely embarrassing and incredible that Joseph Ratzinger has to correct his first statement on the Munich report in such a crucial and easily verifiable point”. (dpa)


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