It’s time to start over. Over the past few days, the Catholic Church in Germany has been shaken to its core by revelations about the extent of sexual violence within its ranks. Researchers commissioned by the Church but operating independently have been investigating abuse among men of the cloth for four years now. The results of their research indicate it is time for a change. Read more: Sexual abuse goes far beyond Germany’s Catholic Church The glaring figures have been circulating in the media for two weeks: From 1946 to 2014, 3,677 adolescent victims and 1,670 accused clerics were found in the Catholic Church of Germany. But it’s actually worse than that. These numbers are just a slice of the real figure — a “lower estimate.” It is, as one of the authors says, “the tip of an iceberg, whose actual size we do not know.” A turning point The numbers call upon the church and the state. Both institutions must first take the victims into account. A lot has happened since 2010, when Germany was rocked by a scandal involving the abuse of students at a Jesuit school, prompting a wave of victims in other cases linked to the… Read full this story
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