“Resignations at the highest level still due”

Jesuit priest Klaus Mertes demands in abuse scandal… © Markus Nowak (KNA)

…Resignation of Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Muller © CBA

Jesuit priest Klaus Mertes misses consequences of the Catholic Church leadership even years after the abuse scandal was uncovered. There were "still some resignations due at the highest level," Mertes said.

The Jesuit had initiated the uncovering of the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in 2010. Mertes named the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Gerhard Ludwig Muller, in an interview with the "Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger". "What consequences has he drawn from his failure as bishop of Regensburg, where he readmitted to ministry an abusive priest who promptly went on to commit another act against children?" he asked. "Doesn't he realize that today he has a massive credibility problem as the person responsible for prosecuting the perpetrators of crimes?"

"Changes important for prevention"

There is still a lack of willingness to confront systemic and structural ies, criticized Mertes, the former head of the Jesuit-led Canisius College in Berlin. He referred in particular to the Church's sexual morality and its organization of the allocation of power, "which is still male-biased and characterized by intransparency". "Changes would be important above all for prevention, all the more so because the church in Germany in particular has done a great deal for prevention since 2010 and has made a good deal of progress."

Subject of Oscar-winning film "Spotlight

Mertes, who founded the Jesuit college St. Blasien in the southern Black Forest, made his comments on the occasion of the Academy Awards to the film "Spotlight," which deals with the exposure of the abuse scandal in the U.S. Archdiocese of Boston by journalists from the Boston Globe newspaper. In contrast to the American case, the investigation into the abuse at the Jesuit Canisius College in Berlin got rolling in 2010 because three ex-students approached him and he said, "I believe you, and I'm asking all the cohorts from back then if there are any more affected". For victims to break their silence, trust is crucial, Mertes stressed.

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