The “Independent Commission for the Processing of Child Sexual Abuse” criticized the events in the Archdiocese of Cologne as a negative example for all those responsible and demanded clarification independent of the Church.
“Seen from the outside, the impression of a cover-up in the proceedings in the Archdiocese of Cologne is stronger than the trust in a real will to clarify. Clarification to those affected and to civil society is urgently required here, ”says a statement by the commission, which is part of the Federal Government’s Abuse Commissioner, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig.
Criticism of the diocese leadership’s dealings with those affected
The commission is particularly critical of the way in which the diocese leadership under Cardinal Rainer Woelki dealt with the advisory board he set up himself. The diocese had justified the secrecy of an abuse report with the alleged request of the body. The two speakers then stepped back and said they felt they had been instrumentalized and abused a second time.
This weighs “particularly difficult”, so the Commission. The trust of those affected had been “seriously disappointed”. The reprocessing process in the archbishopric was badly damaged, and there were considerable doubts about the will to deal with it honestly.
Upon request, the archbishopric did not comment on the allegations, but announced its own statement. Cardinal Woelki had recently admitted errors and asked for patience until a replacement report was presented on March 18, in which those responsible for the cover-up and trivialization of abuse should be named.
Diocese of Limburg: Loss of confidence in Cologne is rampant
At the weekend, the diocesan assembly in the Diocese of Limburg also noted a “widespread loss of confidence” in Cologne and attested Woelki “increasing difficulties” in the exercise of office. Dealing with the affected advisory board is “shameful”. Management responsibility should not be “deported to the inspection bodies in the Vatican”, demanded the presidium of the lay representation with a view to Woelki’s request to the Pope to assess possible wrongdoing in dealing with cases of abuse.
According to the Independent Commission, the situation in Cologne shows that a reappraisal, “which should provide information about crimes, perpetrators and structures and contribute to justice and the recognition of injustice and suffering”, must be independent. The Archdiocese wants to participate in such a process. (with kna)
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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