Catholic News

Yes indeed there are systemic abuses. Maybe one thing I can agree with Marx on.

“ One of Germany’s leading Catholic bishops, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, said Friday he had offered Pope Francis his resignation over the church’s “institutional and systemic failure” in its handling of child sex abuse scandals.

“It is important to me to share the responsibility for the catastrophe of the sexual abuse by Church officials over the past decades,” said Marx in a letter to the pope dated May 21 and published Friday by his archdiocese in Munich.

Investigations and reports had “consistently shown there have been many personal failures and administrative mistakes but also institutional or ‘systemic’ failure,” added Marx, who was president of the German Bishops’ Conference from 2012 to 2020.”

German bishop resigns over church’s ‘failure’ in abuse scandal