Catholic bishop resigns over church’s ‘failure’ in abuse scandal

File photo of Catholic bishops, Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

A leading Catholic bishop of Germany, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, said Friday he had offered Pope Francis his resignation over the church’s “institutional and systemic failure” in dealing with child sex abuse scandals.

“It is important to me to share the responsibility for the catastrophe of the sexual abuse by Church officials over the past decades,” the Catholic Bishop said in a letter to the Pope dated May 21 and published Friday by his archdiocese in Munich.


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