German Catholic Church to consider dropping rules on celibacy for priests after report revealed at least 3,677 children have been abused by clergy in the country since 1946

Thursday, September 27, 2018
By Paul Martin

The German Catholic Church said it would examine all options to stop abuse
Pressure is growing on the Pope to drop celibacy after worldwide scandals
Pope gave press conference Wednesday on his way home from tour in Estonia
He said Church should not be judge by modern standards over sex abuse
Also refused to answer awkward questions until he finished speaking about tour

27 September 2018

The German Catholic Church vowed Thursday a thorough look at its practices including the issue of celibacy, in a shakeup of the system following a damning child sex abuse scandal.

In the latest of a series of sex assault scandals to rock the Catholic Church worldwide, the German institution this week published a study showing that at least 3,677 minors were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who heads the German Bishops’ Conference, apologised to the thousands of victims and promised to leave no stone unturned in dealing with the problem plaguing the church.

Speaking at the close of a three-day meeting of top clergy in Fulda, Marx stressed that ‘no topic would be taboo’.

Rather, he promised a broad discussion that would also examine questions on celibacy and the church’s sexual morals.

With allegations battering the Church from the United States to Chile to Australia, voices calling on Pope Francis to abolish celibacy for priests have grown louder.

A five-year inquiry in Australia into the widespread child sex abuse affecting 15,000 people recommended that celibacy among Catholic priests should be voluntary to help curb abuse.

Pope Francis has said that ‘celibacy is not a dogma’, and that the church may consider ordaining married men to work in areas faced with a shortage of priests.

But the Vatican does not yet seem ready to take the step of ending the practice.

In Germany, the researchers from three universities who carried out the study on the extent of sexual misconduct by priests said the true scale of the abuse was far greater, as many documents had been ‘destroyed or manipulated’.

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