Vatican officials worked to silence the victims, senior German Cardinal Reinhard Marx has told the summit on tackling pedophilia within the church. He said files on the abusers were often destroyed.
23 February 2019
DEUTSCHE WELLE — Germany’s top cardinal, Reinhard Marx, slammed the Catholic Church officials for their response to the decades-long pedophilia scandal at a conference called by Pope Francis in the Vatican on Saturday.
“Sexual abuse of children and young people can be traced back, in no small part, to the abuse of power in the area of administration,” Marx said in his address with the pope in attendance.
Vatican officials were “trampling on the rights of victims” by deliberately canceling or overriding procedures for investigating child abuse, according to Marx.
“It was not the perpetrators, but the victims who were regulated and pushed into silence,” said Marx, who also serves as the head of the German Bishops’ Conference.
“The files that documented these horrible acts and could name those responsible were destroyed or not created at all.”
Working to regain trust
In recent months, leading Catholic officials in Australia, Chile, the US and other countries across the world were removed from office on accusations of covering up child abuse. At the same time, a group of Catholic nuns protested against an influential bishop who they claim committed multiple rapes. […]