Dhe Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx wants to remain in office as Archbishop of Munich and Freising, although he was accused of misconduct in a report on dealing with cases of abuse a week ago. “I’m not clinging to my office,” Marx said at a press conference in Munich on Thursday.
His offer to resign from office last year was meant very seriously. Pope Francis decided otherwise and asked him to continue his ministry. “I am willing to continue doing my job if that helps with the further steps that need to be taken for more reliable processing, even greater attention to those affected and for a reform of the church,” said Marx.
failure of the church
He admitted failure in dealing with abuse victims. The biggest guilt is to have overlooked those affected. “This is unforgivable. We had no real interest in her suffering. In my opinion, there are also systemic reasons for this, and at the same time I bear moral responsibility for this as the incumbent archbishop,” said Marx. He is prepared to take on the responsibility ascribed to him in the report without qualifying it.
Marx once again apologized “personally and also on behalf of the Archdiocese” to those affected. He addressed another such request to the faithful “who doubt the church, who can no longer trust those responsible and who have suffered damage to their faith. For too long, we didn’t keep an eye on the parishes in which the perpetrators were deployed and didn’t include them.”