Cardinal Marx says failure to publish German abuse report is a disaster

La Croix International

December 21, 2020

By Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

Top papal advisor criticizes fellow German cardinal, saying refusal to disclose independent findings on abuse will hurt everyone

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, who is one of Pope Francis’ closest advisors, has criticized fellow German Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki for refusing to publish an independent report on clerical abuse in the latter’s Archdiocese of Cologne.

“What the public now perceives is lawyers squabbling about quibbles on the backs of the (abuse) victims,” Marx told the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung in a long interview on December 15.

“That is disastrous for all of us,” said the 67-year-old Bavarian, a member of the pope’s Council of Cardinals and coordinator of the Holy See’s Council for the Economy.

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