The German Bishops’ Conference is silent on the false testimony of Pope Benedict


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The Permanent Council of the German Bishops’ Conference in Würzburg has not decided to comment on the false statement made by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. can get through.

Würzburg – The Permanent Council of the German Bishops’ Conference in Würzburg has not decided to comment on the false statement made by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. can get through. A press statement distributed on Tuesday only states that the Munich abuse report published on Thursday deeply shook the bishops. «Because the work of the former Pope Benedict XVI. when Archbishop of Munich and Freising was the subject of investigation, and through his statements the report received special attention.»

Benedikt admitted on Monday that he had made a false statement at an important point in his statement for the abuse report. According to a written statement by his private secretary Georg Gänswein, the emeritus pontiff spoke of an “error” and an “editorial error” in his statement.

The German bishops said in their statement that they felt “the considerable loss of trust” and understood the great mistrust that society and the faithful showed them. A survey recently showed that there is hardly an institution in Germany that German citizens trust less than the Catholic Church.

The bishops’ conference continues to write that they will continue to work through the sexual abuse of children. “Our guidelines for combating abuse, which have been tightened several times, and our prevention and intervention work have achieved internationally recognized standards for several years.” A comprehensive cultural change in the church is now required. “We need renewal,” state the bishops. An essential building block for this is the Synodal Path reform process that began in 2019. (dpa)


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