A news report says that the Catholic Church in Germany seems to be guilty of the same kinds of crimes that it has committed in the US and Ireland and elsewhere.
A report about child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Germany, based on victim accounts and released by the church this week, showed that priests carefully planned their assaults and frequently abused the same children repeatedly for years.
The church’s credibility regarding its commitment to an impartial investigation suffered a fresh blow last week when the bishops canceled an independent study into the abuse scandal amid allegations by the independent investigator, Christian Pfeiffer, that the church was censoring information.
Germans were further outraged by reports this week that two Roman Catholic hospitals in Cologne had refused to carry out a gynecological examination on a 25-year-old suspected rape victim. An emergency doctor who had helped the woman told the newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger that the hospitals cited ethical objections to advise women on unwanted pregnancies and on steps that can be taken to prevent them, like the morning-after pill. The Archdiocese of Cologne denied that the church refuses to treat rape victims. The hospitals blamed a “misunderstanding” and said the matter was under investigation.
Ah, yes, those pesky ‘misunderstandings’. Like the ever-popular ‘taken out of context’ they are convenient ways of avoiding admitting wrongdoing and accountability.
When one sees this kind of global pattern of awful behavior, it definitely points to a structure that is rotten through and through. It is extraordinary to me that the authorities in any country haven’t thrown the book at the church. If (say) a school had been guilty of similar long-standing abuses and cover-ups, it would have been shut down. It just shows the negative consequences of the undue respect that religion enjoys.