German Catholic Church Calls Off What Promised to Be an Extensive Examination of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Catholic Church in Germany Drops Sex Abuse Inquiry, Jan. 9, 2013

The Roman Catholic Church in Germany has terminated an independent inquiry it commissioned into sexual abuse by clergy, citing a breakdown in trust. It said that bishops’ trust in Prof. Christian Pfeiffer, head of the Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute, had been “destroyed.” Prof. Pfeiffer accused the Church of obstructing his team’s work by seeking to control the investigation.” BBC News Europe, Jan. 9, 2013

Abuse Files Become Available in Germany,  July 21, 2011

In Germany, the Catholic Church will open to investigators priest and employee personnel files across the country. In nine dioceses, investigators will have access to records back to 1945. In 18 other dioceses, they will review records between 2000 and 2010. This promises to be Germany’s equivalent of the U.S. bishops’ John Jay Report. The Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute will conduct statistical studies on the nine dioceses, and the University of Essen-Duisburg psychiatric institute will research predator priests’ behavior to help determine how to prevent abuse.” Voice of the Faith Focus, July 21, 2011

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