Berlin-Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Cardinal of Germany and an aide to Pope Francis, offered to resign as Archbishop on Friday over the Catholic Church’s mishandling of sexual abuse of clergy. “
The Archdiocese of Munich and the Archdiocese of Flying published Marx’s resignation online to the Pope in multiple languages, and the Cardinal said Francis had given him permission to publish it.
In a letter, 67-year-old Marx wrote, “It is important to share responsibility for the catastrophe of sexual abuse by church officials over the last few decades.” But he also told fellow bishops. , Take the opportunity of scandals to save the church and impose a kind of challenge to reform it.
There was no immediate comment from the Vatican where Marx sits in a strong financial and political institution.
Marx, who headed the German Bishops’ Conference from 2014 to 2020, said in a survey over the past decade that “not only are there many personal and administrative mistakes, but there are also institutional or” systematic “failures. I wrote that I found out.
In 2018, at least 3,677 people were abused by clerics in Germany between 1946 and 2014, according to a report commissioned by the Church, according to the report.
Earlier this year, another report was released on the response of Church authorities to alleged sexual abuse in the Diocese of western Cologne. Archbishop Hamburg, a former employee of the Church of Cologne, was mistaken in reporting and offered to resign from the Pope and was given an unspecified length of “timeout”.
Marx wrote in a letter that his offer was seen as “a personal signal not only to Germany, but to a new beginning of the new awakening of the Church.”
“I want to show that the ministry is not the front, but the mission of the gospel,” he added.
Marx’s offer to resign was an extraordinary gesture, exposing the credibility crisis posed by the sexual abuse scandal in Germany, as in other countries. To restore that credibility, Marx At the forefront of the reform process, he argued with strong German followers to address the structural issues that contributed to the unrestrained progress of abuse for decades.
However, the so-called “homosexual path” has created fierce resistance both inside and outside Germany from conservative bishops and priests who oppose discussing issues such as singleness, the role of women in the church, and homosexuality.
Resistance also came from Vatican and bishops outside Germany, including a US cultural warrior who broke the Church’s protocol to write an essay critical of the ongoing reform process in Germany.
Marx did not mention his position as a member of Francis’ cupboard in his letter, which met regularly to draft new reforms of the Vatican’s hierarchy and on other issues. A group of Cardinal advisors who advise the Pope.
Marx’s offer to resign shocked Vatican watchers, who pointed out that Marx was intimate with the Pope and played an important role in the Vatican. In addition to his status as a person, he leads the Economic Council, a committee of religious and ordinary people who helps to oversee the Vatican’s finances.
Villanova University theologian Massimo Faggiori said he was saddened by Marx’s offer to resign.
“But his decision sets the standard for many other church leaders in the Catholic Church today,” Fajoli tweeted.