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November 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – On 21 November, LifeSiteNews published a wide-ranging interview with Cardinal Gerhard Müller – the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – in which the cardinal spoke about the abuse problem in general as related to the loss of Faith, and he pointed to the high percentage of male victims of clerical sex abuse and likewise to the problem of homosexually active priests.
These statements have prompted an outcry of indignation in Germany, as may be seen with the German bishops' news website Katholisch.de conducting an interview with a German Jesuit, Klaus Mertes. Now, however, does not only Cardinal Müller respond to the criticism, but also Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Bishop Marian Eleganti, and Father Joseph Fessio, S.J, have publicly supported Cardinal Müller and his recent statements.
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In his 23 November comments to Katholisch.de, Father Klaus Mertes claims that this interview with Cardinal Müller shows that the cardinal “has not yet understood anything.” He explicitly referred here to Cardinal Müller's cautionary words not to destroy the sacramental hierarchy of the Church when giving lay people inordinate supervision over bishops. Mertes calls this statement “clericalism” and a “clerical self-conceit that has turned into a dogma.” This clerical attitude, he adds, lies at the root of the abuse problem. He also calls Müller's words “unbelievably brazen.”
Mertes strongly contradicts the claim that homosexuality has something to do with the Church's abuse crisis. There is a “faction” in the Church, he explains, that wants to say that “homosexuals are the culprits.” For him, it is rather the taboo that is still placed on this topic of homosexuality that is contributing to the abuse problem. Mertes calls it a “homophobic strategy” to claim that “homosexuals are offenders” and he does not at all think that...
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