The descriptions of the uncovered crimes of abuse in the Roman Catholic Church are getting sharper and more specific. After further investigation, mafia structures have now come to light.
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Cover-up – shredding
The cases of abuse in the institutions of the Catholic Church apparently show structures reminiscent of the organization of the mafia. Comparing the Church of Rome to the Mafia is perfectly legitimate. Because the comparison is not an equation, as is often “confused” by the relevant media on various topics. The spokesman for the so-called “Eckiger Tisch” initiative for those affected, Matthias Katsch, dared to make such a comparison. Accordingly, the Catholic Church has proceeded to process the countless cases of abuse, which can be compared to the organized crime of the mafia.
In a guest comment Katsch writes in the magazine “Spiegel” that the bishops largely prevented the crimes of the perpetrators. Another crime was the cover-up of the days before the state’s investigation work.
High criminal energy
The Roman Church “with obviously high criminal energy and sophistication, sometimes across borders through a powerful institution, systematically protected offenders and evidently deliberately deceived the judiciary”. Katsch is now demanding an investigative commission by the Bundestag. This is now to search through and evaluate the archives in all German dioceses. The Catholic abuse scandal must be cleared up by a truth commission.
Active intervention in politics
How far the influence of the Catholic Church reaches into politics is shown by the arrogance of the then Archbishop of Freiburg and Chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, Zollitsch. In 2010, Federal Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger from the FDP (German political party), who was in office at the time, called for a mediation body to be set up between the victims and the perpetrators. Zollitsch was outraged and called on the FDP politician to withdraw this demand and “even dared to give the minister an ultimatum for an apology,” said Katsch. The archbishop even succeeded in doing so. Only the intervention of the then Chancellor Angela Merkel made the Federal Minister of Justice backtrack.
Backing up to the Vatican
The 600-page report describes serious omissions and active cover-ups on the part of Zöllitsch and his predecessor Oskar Saier, contrary to the processing of the abuse cases. Deeds were not even reported and existing files were hidden or destroyed. According to Katsch, Zollitsch’s approach was breathtakingly brazen.
The investigation commission found, among other things, that Zollitsch not only actively covered up the cases of abuse, but also received backing from Pope Benedict XVI at the time. Zollitsch received further support from the secretariat of the German Bishops’ Conference, from Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier and even from the Bishops’ Conference’s abuse commissioner.
Refurbishment probably still not desired
Zollitsch remained chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference until March 2014. His successor, who is still in office today, is Reinhard Cardinal Marx. Since 2008 he has been Archbishop of Munich and Freising, the “home diocese” of Benedict XVI. alias Josef Cardinal Ratzinger in the years 1977 to 1982.
So far, Marx’s supposed apology for the cases of abuse has consisted of general empty phrases. According to Marx, the church is now called upon to change.
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