Evidence of clergy sexual abuse destroyed, cardinal admits

This 23 February 2019 video says about itself:

Italy: Sex abuse survivors protest in Rome as abuse summit continues

Adult survivors of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy hit the streets of Rome on Saturday to express their anger at failures to protect children from predators, as a four-day conference on clerical sexual abuse continues in the Holy See.

Survivors marched while calling for “zero tolerance” of sexual crimes against children in the Church. Among them were hearing-impaired former students of Verona’s Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf, the site of numerous reported sexual abuse accusations. Former students of the school held up signs demanding compensation.

On Thursday, 190 Church leaders from around the world gathered at the Holy See for a four-day summit on clerical sexual abuse called by Pope Francis.

On Saturday, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx reportedly told the summit that procedures to prosecute offenders were deliberately not observed.

From CNN:

Top Catholic cardinal admits church destroyed documents on clergy sexual abuse

By Daniel Burke and Rosa Flores

Updated 1620 GMT (0020 HKT) February 23, 2019

Rome – In a remarkable admission, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Saturday that documents that could have contained proof of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church were destroyed or never drawn up.

Probably, extreme right cardinals who blame LGBTQ people and the pope for clerical child abuse, will now vilify their colleague Marx as a ‘Cultural Marxist‘, because of his name [sarcasm off].

“Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed or not even created,” said Marx, the archbishop of Munich and president of the German Bishops’ Conference.

“The stipulated procedures and processes for the prosecution offenses were deliberately not complied with,” he added, “but instead canceled and overridden.

“Such standard practices will make it clear that it is not transparency which damages the church, but rather the acts of abuse committed, the lack of transparency, or the ensuing coverup.”

Marx’s stunning admission came on the third day of a historic Vatican summit focused on combating clergy sexual abuse. The day’s theme was transparency, which Marx said could help to tackle abuse of power.

A member of Pope Francis‘ inner circle of advisers, Marx is one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church.

The four-day summit of 190 Catholic leaders, including 114 bishops from around the world, will conclude Sunday with an address by Pope Francis. On Thursday, at the beginning of the unprecedented summit, Francis urged the bishops to take “concrete measures” to combat the clergy abuse scandal.

At a press conference later Saturday, Marx said that the information about destroying files came from a study commissioned by German bishops in 2014. The study was “scientific” and did not name the particular church leaders or dioceses in Germany that destroyed the files.

“The study indicates that some documents were manipulated or did not contain what they should have contained,” Marx said. “The fact in itself cannot be denied.”

Marx said he doubts the destruction of files related to clergy sexual abuse was limited to one diocese.

“I assume Germany is not an isolated case.”

The report commissioned by the German bishops also revealed that “at least” 3,677 cases of child sex abuse by German clergy occurred between 1946 and 2014.

CNN’s Lauren Said-Moorhouse and Livvy Doherty contributed to this report.

11 thoughts on “Evidence of clergy sexual abuse destroyed, cardinal admits

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  3. The more I hear about it, the harder it is to believe that the Cathlic church is not a criminal organisation invented to abuse children. It is time that the Church start to investigate all their priests and handle out all priests who did abuse children to the authorities of justice.


    • The Roman Catholic church was not founded to abuse children. However, over the course of centuries, traditions grew of misogyny, mandatory celibacy and description of all sex outside marriage as ‘sinful’; which helped forming a tradition of abusing children and covering that up.


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