In an exclusive interview airing this evening on EWTN, Benedict XVI’s personal secretary defended the retired pope’s actions, calling him the ‘father of transparency.’
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‘The victims of sexual abuse have my deepest sympathy and I feel great sorrow for each individual case.’
Bishop Oster also raised the question of whether recent attacks on Benedict XVI indicated that the pope emeritus still presents a threat to a specific vision of the Church being advanced in Germany.
‘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 reconstructions contained in the Munich report, which — it must be remembered — is not a judicial inquiry nor a final sentence, will help to combat paedophilia in the Church if they are not reduced to the search for easy scapegoats and summary judgments,’ Tornielli wrote.
The cardinal, who was interviewed for the report by the Munich law firm Westpfahl Spilker Wastl, took issue with parts of the study.
Benedict XVI has initially told investigators that he was not present at a meeting of archdiocesan officials on Jan. 15, 1980.
Archbishop Gänswein said: “Benedict XVI did not have access until this afternoon to the report of the law firm Westpfahl-Spilker-Wastl, which has more than 1,000 pages. In the coming days, he will examine the text with the necessary attention.”
“My first thought today is for those affected by sexual abuse, who have experienced harm and suffering at the hands of Church representatives, priests, and other employees in the sphere of the Church, on an appalling scale. I am shocked and ashamed.”