Cardinal Reinhard Marx was the former president of the German Bishops’ Conference Wrote a letter to Franசois in May Due to be relieved of his duties “Failure” In the face of the German Catholic Church “The Disaster of Sexual Abuse”.
But in a statement issued by the Vatican on Thursday, June 10, Pope Francis said he would not accept the motive behind the German cardinal’s resignation.
“Dear brothers, thank you for your courage. This is a Christian courage (…) that is not afraid of being humiliated in the face of the terrible reality of sin ”, Wrote to him in his letter published by the Pope German And in Spanish. “Taking crisis in person and in society is the only effective way”, Evaluates Francois, for whom “Ostrich policy is nowhere to be found”.
“The Tragic Story of Sexual Abuse” A Disaster As for the Church, Francis continued, urging all bishops to ask themselves: “What should I do to deal with this catastrophe? “ He made a call “Reform” who “Not based on words, but on attitudes”, க்கு ‘“Take reality no matter what the outcome”.
“Too much emphasis on peace, leisure, and the tyranny of institutions leads to personal and historical failure, and leads us to live with ‘skeletons in hiding’.”, Once again attacked the sovereign pope.
Reinhard Marx, 67, Archbishop of Munich and Friesing, 67, recently rejected Germany’s highest honor, the Federal Cross of Merit, which German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wanted to give him. He was president of the German Bishops’ Conference until last year when he refused to run for a second term.
He is part of a small group of cardinals advising the pope on the reforms of the Roman Curia. He also coordinates the Vatican Council for Economic Responsibility, which oversees the excellent financial management of the Holy See.
In 2019, during an unprecedented summit at the Vatican of leaders of episcopal conferences dedicated to scandals involving the sexual abuse of minors, Reinhard Marx was at the forefront of demanding greater transparency on the issue. The previous year, he had apologized to a German church after a report revealed that he had sexually abused more than 3,600 minors for decades.
His resignation has been rocked by months of crisis as Pope Francis ordered a late-May inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse of minors in Germany’s largest diocese of Cologne.
In recent years, the exodus from the German Church has accelerated, with liberal worshipers protesting not only against abuse but also against conservative attitudes toward same-sex relationships. The German Church has an unequal influence worldwide because of its wealth: taxes paid by members and taxes levied by the government make it the richest in the world.