According to the Catholic German bishops ‘ conference would now like to leave the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) sexual abuse in their own ranks to investigate. Planned are two studies: one on the dark field of the abuse, another on risk factors. The President of the EKD-Synod, announced that the former Federal Minister, Irmgard Schwaetzer.

we are working with the relevant Federal government Bodies together, said Schwaetzer. The implementation of the studies had been approved by the Church conference and in the order given. To the Church conference, the senior clergy and lawyers all over the country belong to the EKD churches. Further Details will be announced on Tuesday, when the EKD-Synod advises on abuse.

the President of The Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, said to him, the work-up of sexual abuse in German Protestantism, go “fast enough”. Prior to his appointment as the Bavarian regional Bishop at the end of October 2011, he had visited an elderly woman in his University office in Bamberg, Germany, to talk with him about a case of abuse.

“We will never be credible that we make 100 percent of everything right,” said Bedford-Strohm. But the Church must always be judged by what you talk and preach.

Shortly before the club had criticized the Evangelical women in Germany (Efid) the handling of the EKD with the theme. “There are still people, the EKD Council President Heinrich Bedford-Strohm included, which had to do with the issue of abuse of the loved one and not a bit in the Situation of the victims to empathize,” said the Efid-Chairman Susanne Kahl-Passoth, the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. Claims of Victims would be dismissed as unpleasant, annoying, or even unfair.

the Independent Commission for the reappraisal of child sexual abuse, an Agency of the Federal government, had asked the EKD in the past week, to allow independent processing. Schwaetzer said: “We are working to clear on the line, which has called for the Independent Commission of the EKD.”

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