Pope Francis on Thursday turned down the resignation of among Germany’s most prominent bishops, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who had actually used to step down to accept duty for the sexual assault crisis in the German Catholic Church.
Marx, the Bishop of Munich, composed to the pope in a letter launched this month stating it was “a matter of sharing responsibility for the catastrophe of sexual abuse by Church officials over the past decades.”
“I agree with you that we are dealing with a catastrophe: the sad history of sexual abuse and the way the Church has dealt with it until recently,” the Pope composed in the letter turning down Marx’s deal, which was released on Thursday.
“Above all: thank you for your courage,” the Pope composed.
“Continue as you propose, but as Archbishop of Munich and Freising,” the Pope informed Marx, who has actually been continuing his work as an Archbishop while awaiting a choice on his resignation deal.
Marx, who is a previous head of Germany’s Catholic Church thanks to his function as President of the German Bishops’ Conference, does not stand implicated of dedicating abuse himself.
With about 22.6 million members, the German Catholic Church is among the most affluent on the planet and, to some degree, among its most liberal.
Marx, 67, is likewise referred to as a leading supporter of reform and has actually contacted the Church to embrace a more tolerant position on same-sex marital relationships in addition to accepting ladies into its greater ranks.
The pope appeared to offer his assistance to Marx’s efforts in the letter, composing: “What is demanded of us is reform that – in this case – must not exist only in words, but in behaviour that has the courage to tackle this crisis.”
An abuse survivors’ association that applauded Marx’s preliminary deal of resignation criticised the Pope on Thursday for turning down the deal.
The “Eckiger Tisch,” an effort of sexual assault victims, stated that “in his statements Marx had pointed to the responsibility that all Bishops have to bear – including the Bishop of Rome – for the systematic abuse and hushing up of abuse.”
By turning down Marx’s resignation, Francis was looking for to secure himself, the group stated.
By contrast, the present head of the German Bishops’ Conference, Georg Baetzing, invited the reality that Marx would have the ability to continue in his post.
The bishops would go over the matter at their next conference, a representative stated.
Marx himself reacted that he was shocked by the speed of the Pope’s reaction, and would accept the choice.
“I had not counted on the fact that he would react so quickly, and I had not expected his decision that I should continue to serve as the archbishop of Munich and Freising,” Marx stated in a declaration.
The Pope had actually set him a “huge challenge,” Marx stated.