War of Words
War of Words
German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has been engaged in a verbal dispute with the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, Robert Zollitsch, over the handling of abuse cases in the Catholic Church. On Monday, Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said that the Church had until now not given the impression that it had an active interest in clearing up the cases of suspected child abuse. She also called on the Church to “finally work constructively” with law enforcement authorities. Zollitsch reacted to her remarks on Tuesday by demanding that the justice minister apologize within 24 hours. He also personally telephoned Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday afternoon to complain about Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger’s comments. On Wednesday, the justice minister said she stood by her criticism of the Church’s response to the cases of abuse but offered to meet with Zollitsch to discuss the issue.
Posted on January 25, 2013, in Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Pope Benedict, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference Robert Zollitsch, Chancellor Angela Merkel, child abuse, child molestation, child molesters, child rape, child sex abuse, clergy abuse, crimes against children, German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, religion, roman catholic church, roman catholic church sex scandal, roman catholic clergy, roman catholics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.