Cardinal Marx gave a press conference a week after the shocking report on abuse for the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising and announced the consequences for the personnel.
Update from January 27, 1 p.m.: Those affected by abuse in the Catholic Church have reacted with disappointment to the fact that Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx does not want to offer Pope Francis his resignation again. “It was hard for those affected to bear,” said the spokesman for the Eckiger Tisch initiative for those affected, Matthias Katsch, on Thursday on Bayerischer Rundfunk about Marx’s reaction to the report on abuse cases in the Munich Archdiocese presented a week ago.
“A week ago the ship ran aground – today the captain tells us that he absolutely has to stay on deck,” said Katsch after Marx announced that he wanted to remain in office. Katsch said that Marx was obviously of the opinion that without the bishops and without him it wouldn’t work. “I’m really at my wits end.” The spokesman for the corner table called for “finally” a turn to the abuse victims. To date, there is no independent contact point for victims of abuse, and volunteers such as the volunteers from the Eckigen Tisch must continue to do this work. “There is still no victim recovery work, there is still no fair, appropriate compensation,” criticized Katsch. He finds it really difficult “to really answer this self-centered talk by Cardinal Marx”.
Update from January 27, 12:45 p.m.: The press conference with Cardinal Marx is over. A week after the publication of the abuse report for the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, the clergyman answered questions from the press. According to the Archbishop of Munich, the report on decades of abuse of children and young people must be included in the reform process of the Catholic Church. “For me, the processing of sexual abuse is part of a comprehensive renewal and reform, as the Synodal Path has taken up,” said the cardinal on Thursday. The church judge and chairman of the BR broadcasting council, Lorenz Wolf, let his offices and tasks rest, he said.
Update from January 27, 12:30 p.m.: A journalist from the epd news agency addresses the church exits* in the past few days – and how long there is still time for a “renewal”. Cardinal Marx replies: “I must ask you: think it over. I understand everyone who says I don’t want this anymore. I can only promise that I will try to renew, but I cannot promise that it will happen immediately.”
Update from January 27, 12:00 p.m.: The canon lawyer Thomas Schüller has criticized the reaction of the Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx to the abuse report on his diocese presented a week ago. “No one takes personal responsibility,” said Schüller on Thursday of the German Press Agency. “The Archdiocese of Munich-Freising is going into normal processing mode and doing business as usual.” Responsibility is shared and those affected and believers are held jointly liable. The whole thing is “garnished with poetry of the synodal path”, the current reform process in the Catholic Church. “In a word: disappointing,” said Schüller.
Update from January 27, 11:50 a.m.: A journalist of Irish Times addresses the “elephant in the Vatican” – and what measures are possible against the former Cardinal Ratzinger. Cardinal Marx emphasizes that the Pope Emeritus did not want to prevent the enlightenment in any way and denies the allegations. “I accept that he is interpreting the facts differently here, that he regrets it, and I think he will then comment on it as a whole,” said Marx. The report is “not a court judgement”, certainly not about the lifetime achievement of the Pope Emeritus. He himself did not want to comment on this personally.
“That is unforgivable”: Cardinal Marx announces personnel consequences in Munich – those affected are disappointed
Update from January 27, 11:30 a.m.: As Cardinal Marx reports, there is already a first personal consequence: The Munich official Wolf is letting all offices and tasks rest. “I agree with that. He intends to make a statement in due course,” says the cardinal.
Update from January 27, 11:15 am: “There is no future for Christianity in our country without a renewed church.” The report is an important basis for discussion. “We see a disaster,” says Marx. It is now a matter of looking and listening. He will work up the cases he was confronted with by those who prepared the report. He accuses himself of not “really actively approaching those affected.” He is and was not indifferent, but he was able to act more committed.
Are there any personal consequences? Everyone should consider what they are personally responsible for and what consequences one has to draw. As Archbishop he bears responsibility himself: “I am not attached to my office, the offer to resign was meant very seriously.” who are to be taken for a more reliable appraisal, an even stronger devotion to those affected and for a reform of the church”. The Munich cardinal would like 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.
Update from January 27, 11 a.m.: The press conference with Cardinal Reinhard Marx has begun. The abuse report is “a deep turning point for the church, for those affected, for employees and for believers,” he emphasizes at the beginning of his statement. The abuse cases are “a dark side and these will henceforth be visible as part of the history of our archdiocese”. He goes on to say: “Anyone who still denies systemic causes and opposes a necessary reform of the church in attitudes and structures has not understood the challenge.”
He is ready to take responsibility and refers to his resignation request to Pope Francis. “This is unforgivable,” said Cardinal Marx, his greatest guilt is to have overlooked those affected. The report is “not an end point”, the processing must continue in different fields.
Update from January 27, 10 a.m.: In view of the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, the spokesman for the Eckiger Tisch initiative for those affected, Matthias Katsch, expects clear words from Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx about his own responsibility. “I would like to hear from him what he himself did in 2010 to protect the then Pope Benedict from the consequences of his actions,” said Katsch on Thursday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. At that time, others would have taken responsibility for cases of sexual abuse in the church. “I would like to hear from Cardinal Marx what his personal responsibility is,” emphasized Katsch.
He doesn’t want to hear anything about reforming the church again, “but what you imagine, how you now want to take responsibility as an institution for your victims,” said Katsch. Even after Benedict’s admission, “the knowledge remains that sexual abuse in the Catholic Church had a systemic character” and that “the center of the whole thing” in the Vatican played a decisive role.
First report from January 27, 8 a.m.: Munich – The abuse report for the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising has shaken the Catholic Church. In Bavaria, cities now have to upgrade their registry offices in order to cope with the flood of people leaving the church. The Archbishop of Munich, Cardinal Marx, was not present when the report was presented a week ago and only made a brief statement afterwards. Now this statement should be more detailed.
A week after the shocking abuse report *, the eyes are on Munich Archbishop Reinhard Marx. On Thursday, 11 a.m., the cardinal wants to comment on the results of the study that his diocese commissioned from the law firm Westpfahl Spilker Wastl (WSW). The study accuses Marx and his predecessors in the office of archbishop, Cardinal Friedrich Wetter and Joseph Ratzinger, of misconduct in dealing with cases of abuse and assumes at least 497 victims and 235 alleged perpetrators – and a much larger number of unreported cases.
Abuse report: offer to resign to Pope Francis? Cardinal Marx with detailed statement
Marx was not present when the report was presented on Thursday last week and only made a brief statement afterwards. “I am shocked and ashamed,” he said. It has been known for years “that sexual abuse was not taken seriously in the church, that the perpetrators were often not properly held accountable, that those responsible looked the other way”. As Archbishop of Munich and Freising, he felt that he was jointly responsible for the church as an institution in recent decades. “As the incumbent archbishop, I therefore apologize on behalf of the archdiocese for the suffering that has been inflicted on people in the area of the church in recent decades.”
There is speculation as to whether Marx will offer his resignation to the Pope again – and thus for the second time in less than a year. The Catholic theologian Daniel Bogner said immediately after the presentation of the report that after all the revelations he considers a renewed attempt by Marx to step down to be appropriate. “And I hope he won’t accept another rejection by Pope Francis this time. This would initially only be a symbolic, but very strong sign that the previous structures of the church are no longer working,” said the professor of moral theology and ethics at the Swiss University of Freiburg.
The canon lawyer Thomas Schüller does not expect a second offer of resignation. “In the light of his astonishingly dispassionate and uninspired statement on January 20, 2022 on the publication of the report, which hurt and alienated many of those affected, I do not expect Marx to make another offer of resignation to the Pope,” he told the German Press Agency. (dpa/aka) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.