Well if you haven’t heard already, the current investigation into the abuse of children perpetrated by the Catholic Church in Germany has come to a halt.
The reason? Well the lead researcher complained about the level of control the Church wanted over the investigation.
According to the Church? According to them it was due to a “mutual” shattering of trust. That the methods Pfeiffer used to communicate had made further cooperation impossible. I assume Pfeiffer was using some sort of affront to god (Well they are Catholic Priests so it’s probably a woman made out of condoms) to deliver his messages rather than email things to people.
According to Prof. Christian Pfeiffer who was the lead researcher from the Lower Saxony Criminology Research Institute?
He reported initial compliance but later found that his researchers were being asked to adhere to controls by the Munich Archdiocese. A group representing German dioceses then called for the researchers’ work to be submitted for approval before publication.
In other words? The Church attempted to censor an independent investigation into a shocking crime.
It’s not an independent investigation if you get to place controls and censor the investigator’s work.