BERLIN, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of the Archbishop of Hamburg who had proposed to step down after a report appointing him among several senior officials in Germany the EglCatholicism for having failed in its duty in handling cases of sexual abuse.
In a statement, the Vatican said it had examined in depth the documents relating to the Archbishop, Stefan Hesse, former head of personnel and administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne.
Ok Although he identified deficiencies in the organization of his office and personal procedural errors, he found no intention of covering up the abuses, the Vatican said in a statement posted on the website of the Vatican. German Episcopal Conference.
"The basic problem, in the larger context of the administration of the Archdiocese, was the lack of 'care and sensitivity towards victims of abuse "he said. The archbishop proposed to resign in March after the publication of an 800 page report on the traitThere were also cases of abuse in the Archdiocese of Cologne which found more than 200 attackers and more than 300 victims between 1975 and 2018.
"In view of the fact that the Archbishop recognizes the mistakes he made in the past with humility and offered his resignation, the Holy Father has ... decided not to accept the resignation," said the Vatican.
The bishops said a dispute over the report on abuses in the archdiocese of Cologne, which has the largest number of members of all the dioceses of the German-speaking world, undermines the Catholic Church across the country. Report by Madeline Chambers, edited by William Maclean
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