Cardinal Marx: “For many people, the church was a place of disaster”

At the same time he apologized to those affected and believers and called for a renewal. “We are seeing a disaster,” he said yesterday in Munich, referring to the report on the sexual abuse of children and young people that was presented a week ago. The church would be a “place of disaster” for many people, said the cardinal.

“Anyone who still denies systemic causes and opposes a necessary reform of the church in attitudes and structures has not understood the challenge.” Initially, Marx did not draw personal conclusions. Everyone responsible should check for themselves where they are guilty and what consequences they have to draw from it, he said. Prelate Lorenz Wolf, chairman of the ecclesiastical court of the archdiocese, who is heavily criticized in the report, informed him that he would let all offices and tasks rest. According to Marx, he accepted this.

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