No cover-up of abuse by Church, says Müller

03 March 2016 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has stressed it was not the Church but individual priests who were responsible for the abuse scandal.Cardinal Gerhard Müller claimed many priests had been unjustly accused of sexual abuse and that it was wrong to accuse the Church of “cover-up”. The remarks in a newspaper interview during a visit to his native Germany led to a call for his resignation by Fr Klaus Mertes SJ, the whistle-blowing priest whose revelations about clerical abuse led to the “abuse tsunami’ in 2010 in German-speaking countries.Cardinal Müller told Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger: “Not the Church, but individual perpetrators, who were not motivated by their priestly office but because they were disturbed or immature, we

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