“Putting truth on the table”

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Concern for those affected: After the Archdiocese of Cologne canceled the publication of an abuse report, the representation of the laity urges an immediate and transparent clarification of the cases of sexualized violence.

The Diocesan Council called on the diocese management on Friday with a statement published on its website to "finally put the truth on the table and clear the way for justice and a fresh start". Due to the events of the past years, weeks and days, there are doubts whether the diocesan leadership will succeed in clarifying the situation on its own. Perpetrators and cover-ups should finally be clearly named and consequences drawn.

The archdiocese had surprisingly announced at the end of October that an expert opinion commissioned at the end of 2018 from the Munich law firm Westpfahl Spilker Wastl (WSW) would not be published due to methodological flaws. The Cologne criminal law expert Bjorn Gercke will be until 18. Present a new study on the subject in March 2021. On Thursday, WSW published an expert opinion prepared for the Aachen diocese.

Concern is for those affected and the victims' advisory council

"Our special concern is for those affected and the victims' advisory council," the Cologne Diocesan Council stated. The committee could wear itself out in the current situation. The members are less concerned with legal points of view than with the clear naming of perpetrators and cover-ups. "Legal level does not replace moral-ethical responsibility," diocesan council says.

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