“The investigations and reviews of the final ten years have constantly proven that there have been many private failures and administrative errors but additionally institutional or ‘systemic’ failure,” the letter continued.
Pope Francis has not but accepted Marx’s resignation, and the Archbishop has been advised to stay in put up till a call is made, an announcement from the Archdiocese in Munich stated. It additionally famous that Marx has “repeatedly thought-about resigning from workplace in latest months.” Marx advised journalists on Friday that “the Pope himself wished to see my letter printed.”
“It’s painful for me to witness the extreme injury to the bishops’ status within the ecclesiastical and secular notion which can even be at its lowest,” Marx wrote within the letter. “I really feel that by means of remaining silent, neglecting to behave and over-focusing on the status of the Church I’ve made myself personally responsible and accountable.”
Marx cited that report in his resignation letter, noting that after it was printed, he publicly said that “we now have failed.”
“However who is that this ‘We’?” he wrote. “I additionally belong to this circle. And because of this I have to additionally draw private penalties from this.”
“I consider one risk to precise this willingness to take over duty is my resignation,” he added, noting that he hoped his actions could possibly be a “sign for a brand new starting, for a brand new awakening” of the Church.
“I’ll face doable errors and failure in particular person instances to be investigated intimately which had been dedicated throughout my phrases of workplace and which is able to then need to be reviewed and evaluated pursuant to goal standards,” Marx wrote in his letter.
A report on abuse within the cardinal’s Munich diocese is due later this 12 months.
At a Vatican summit in February 2019, Marx admitted that paperwork that might have contained proof of clergy sexual abuse within the Catholic Church had been destroyed or by no means drawn up.
“Recordsdata that might have documented the horrible deeds and named these accountable had been destroyed or not even created,” Marx stated on the summit.
“The stipulated procedures and processes for the prosecution offenses had been intentionally not complied with … such commonplace practices will make it clear that it’s not transparency which damages the church, however slightly the acts of abuse dedicated, the shortage of transparency, or the following coverup.”
At a later press convention in the course of the summit, Marx stated that the details about destroying recordsdata got here from a research commissioned by German bishops in 2014. The research was “scientific” and didn’t title the actual church leaders or dioceses in Germany that destroyed the recordsdata.
In April of this 12 months, Marx advised German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier that he wouldn’t be snug accepting the “federal cross of benefit” — the very best state tribute for particular person companies to the nation — since survivors of abuse would have discovered it offensive.
“It’s my nice request to you to not perform the award,” he stated. “I’m satisfied that that is the precise step with consideration for many who clearly offended by the award, and particularly with consideration for these affected.”
Roughly 27% of Germany’s inhabitants is Catholic, in accordance with 2019 authorities figures. Catholics nonetheless, have been leaving the church in regular droves during the last 60 years, with the proportion of the Catholic inhabitants dropping from 45.9% to 27.2% between 1956 and 2019.
Marx, born in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia area in 1953, turned a priest in 1979 and a bishop in 1996.
In 2007, he was elevated to Archbishop of Munich and Friesing by Pope Benedict XVI, who as soon as additionally held that place. In 2013, he was appointed to the Council of Cardinals, a gaggle of 9 Cardinals who advise the Pope.
He additionally served as the top of the German Bishops’ Convention — the governing physique of the nation’s Catholic Church — till final 12 months, when he declined to run for a second time period, saying “I feel it ought to be the flip of the youthful technology and maybe it’s good if this position adjustments fingers extra regularly in future.”
On Friday, Marx stated that the Church should “be taught from the disaster” of intercourse abuse, saying: “We’re not but on the finish of the street.”