A leaked sexual abuse commission report documents more than 3,500 cases of “mostly male minors” who were victims of clerical sex abuse in Germany between 1946 and 2014
The 350-page report, which German Cardinal Reinhard Marx had intended to make public on September 25 during the bishops’ autumn plenary assembly in Fulda, was leaked Wednesday by two prominent German media outlets: Der Spiegel and Die Zeit. It presents the results of an investigation spanning all 27 German dioceses.
The damning report echoes the recent findings of a Pennsylvania grand jury, which examined clerical sex abuse in six dioceses over 70 years, detailing credible allegations of abuse from some 300 priests, deacons, and seminarians.
An earlier comprehensive investigation into clergy sex abuse resulted in the 2004 John Jay report, which found that over 80 percent of abuse was committed against male victims, which has been used to underscore the predominantly homosexual nature of the clerical abuse crisis.