Thursday, 21 April 2011
180 000 Germans left Catholic Church in 2010
180 000 Germans left Catholic church in protest over physical and sexual abuse of children by clergy.
None of the offenders were prosecuted because German statute of limitation is three years.
It is already known that in cases of sexual abuse in childhood it can take many years before the victims sum up the courage and feel safe enough to speak.
In UK legal situation is better and limitation period can be from the time the victim becomes aware of psychiatric injury. Court of Appeal Judge Stedley showed compassion in his judgement which meant justice for the victims and extension of limitation period.
German people are still taxed directly and have to pay 10% of their income to church. They are not asked if they want to do it. So even those who left will be contributing to church wealth.
Meanwhile in Richmond, London, where the majority of the local residents do not want a Catholic church but council leader does, I can see problems for him.