German cardinal accused of abuse cover-up turns to pope


December 11, 2020

The Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, has been accused of not informing the Vatican about sex abuse allegations against a priest. He’s now asked Pope Francis to review his conduct.

Facing accusations of covering up an alleged sexual abuse case, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki asked Pope Francis on Friday to investigate.

“In order to clarify the canonical accusations against me, I am asking the Holy Father [Pope Francis] to examine this matter,” Woelki said in a statement issued by the archdiocese of Cologne.

“The fact remains: failures in dealing with sexual violence must be disclosed, regardless of the person against whom they were made. This also includes me,” the cardinal added.

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