Cardinal Marx’s comments are part of a growing push within the German Church for changes to the Catechism’s teaching on homosexuality.
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‘There Was No Real Interest in Your Suffering’: Cardinal Marx Apologizes to Victims After Munich Abuse Report
The more than 1,000-page report, issued on Jan. 20, accused Cardinal Marx of mishandling two abuse cases.
The cardinal, who was appointed archbishop in 2007 by Benedict XVI, said that he remains in shock over the depth of the abuse crisis.
Cardinal Marx, who has served as archbishop of Munich and Freising since 2007, had said that he hoped his resignation would “send a personal signal for a new beginning, for a new awakening of the Church, not only in Germany.”
ANALYSIS: If the resignation is accepted by Pope Francis, there is still much the German cardinal could do within the Vatican and the universal Church with the power he will still wield.
Cardinal Marx’s Resignation: An Act of Self-Preservation or Penance for the Sins of the Church in Germany?
COMMENTARY: Three precedents that might help explain the abrupt decision by the influential German cardinal to resign.
In his letter to Pope Francis, Cardinal Marx said that the investigations and reports of abuse over the past 10 years consistently showed for him that there had been “many personal failures and administrative mistakes but also institutional or ‘systemic’ failure.”
In the magazine interview, Cardinal Marx also said that he told the Vatican Synod on the Family in 2015 that homosexual couples, who are faithful to each other and support each other, should not be “negatively bracketed” by the Church or told by the Church that stable homosexual relationships are considered worthless.
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