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Head of German bishops calls for church renewal

Head of German bishops calls for church renewal

Germany's top Roman Catholic cleric has urged Catholics not to break with the church amid a spreading abuse scandal.
German news agency DDP reported Sunday that Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, head of the German bishops' conference, in his Easter homily urged believers to face the "the heinous crimes, the dark sides of the church."
But, he appeals to them not to leave. He says "those who withdraw are missing from the church when it starts a renewal. We are a community of sinners."
Zollitsch on Friday was the first bishop to acknowledge mistakes by the church in handling abuse cases.
The Catholic Church in Pope Benedict's homeland has been rocked by a widening abuse scandal that threatens to erode its credibility.


Updated : 2021-05-07 15:14 GMT+08:00