The relationship between Maria Jepsen and Hans-Jochen Jaschke was considered to be particularly friendly and trusting. In an interview with our site regrets the resignation of his Protestant counterpart, the Catholic auxiliary bishop in the archdiocese of Hamburg.
This step confirms her straightforwardness and sincerity, Jaschke said. She had taken responsibility for the fact that the church had been negligent in the Ahrensburg abuse case. 'She is honored to leave office, but she will be sorely missed'."To us, the Catholics, the Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein public, and also to me personally in the fraternal togetherness of our episcopal service. I am sure our friendship will deepen."EKD council president calls resignation tragic The chairman of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany, Nikolaus Schneider, has described the resignation as tragic. Obviously, there was a problem of understanding, Schneider told Deutschlandfunk on Saturday. Jepsen had amed that the accused Ahrensburg pastor was pursuing young women, "that's bad enough," and had acted accordingly.The EKD Council Chairman and President of the Rhenish Church expressed his conviction that Jepsen would have proceeded "with more sustainability" had she known that children and adolescents were involved. The bishop was very concerned about the accusations that she had not reacted decisively enough to sexual abuse. "Mrs. Jepsen really stood for being close to the little people, for taking care of those who are persecuted," said Schneider, who represents about 25 million Protestants in Germany.Jepsen was elected the world's first Lutheran bishop 18 years ago. On Friday, the 65-year-old resigned. Jepsen was accused of having learned as early as 1999 about cases of abuse by a pastor in the 1970s and 1980s and of delaying the investigation. The bishop's official duties in the North Elbe Church were initially taken over by her previous deputy, Provost Jurgen Bollmann.