With a newspaper report in the United States began in 2002, the uncovering of the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. The protection of the offender System, was soon obvious.
"Almost always, his victims were boys from the elementary school. One of them was only four years old." These are the first two sentences of an article, of the 6. January 2002, in the "Boston Globe" appeared and has plunged the Catholic Church into a crisis, which continues to this day. The newspaper reported at the time about a priest who, for decades, children had been sexually abused. The Film "Spotlight" continued this research, the performance of three years ago, a monument.
The Church leadership knew about it and covered up for the perpetrators. A common pattern, it should turn out: the churches in Ireland, Australia, Canada were shaken by the abuse scandal. In Germany, the German bishops ' conference adopted in 2002, policy - here, too, there were individual cases, for example, in the diocese of Regensburg, where then-Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller used a for abuse already convicted a pastor in a Church, where it passed again to children.cases in Germany were known to
Just an isolated case? In 2010, former students came forward in the case of father Klaus Mertes, the Director of the Berlin Canisius College, and reported abuse by priests in the 1970s and 1980s. "I realized at the time: There is a large dark figure and I have a responsibility," said Mertes. "At the Moment, where I know There is a dark figure in the vintages of the 70s and 80s, I need to give a Signal."
Pope Benedict XVI were more than relieved 400 priests of their office.
The Signal did not miss its effect. Also from other Catholic institutions Affected reported. The Benedictine Abbey of Ettal over the decades, the boarding school students are physically abused and sexually abused.
In Europe, there were new allegations. Pope Benedict XVI, in the years 2011 and 2012, more than 400 priests were stripped of their offices. "The Church must use the stick of the shepherd, with which he protects the Faith against the corrupter, against the guides, which are in truth seductions", said Benedict XVI.Francis Commission convened
Benedict's successor, Pope Francis continued the fight against the abuse. In March 2014, he appointed a Commission for the protection of Minors. Member, Marie Collins, who had been abused as children in Ireland, by a priest.
Pope Francis-appointed Commission, no action followed.
The Commission had made proposals, says Collins, the Pope, but I have done nothing to implement it. "He understands, perhaps better than his predecessor, what is the harm of abuse," says Collins. "He is shocked by priests who abuse children, his words are strong, but there is no action. And that is the disappointment."
by the year 2018, Pope Francis must have realized that it is not done with strong words alone: In Australia, cardinal Pell, one of the most important collaborators of Pope Francis stands before a court because he is veiled abuse, but also self-committed.300 accused priest in Pennsylvania
A government investigation report has shown that alone in the US state of Pennsylvania have been accused of 300 priests in the past decades, of abuse. And in Germany, a study was one of almost 3800 Affected since the end of the 2. World war. The German bishops ' conference had commissioned the study.
"For the sake of the Institution, we turn a blind eye. And to the protection of the bishops and priests will", said cardinal Reinhard Marx, Chairman of the German bishops ' conference. "We allow power structures and have promoted clericalism, of the also in the study of speech is that violence and abuse has fostered. "
the next Chapter in the abuse history of the Catholic Church will now be added in the coming days in Rome. It's about damage limitation. For a Happy ending, it is too late.the Catholic Church: 3677 people are victims of sexual Assault, 12.09.2018 Atlas |the Vatican |Vatican