The World from Berlin: Blame Traded after Failed Church Abuse Probe 

The World from Berlin: Blame Traded after Failed Church Abuse Probe 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2013

The German Catholic Church called off an independent review of allegations of sexual abuse in its ranks this week. The head of the investigation accused the Church of censorship. On Thursday, the two sides traded blame as German commentators largely mourned the end of the examination. more...

Living in the Lap of Luxury: Bishop's Extravagant Behavior Triggers Uproar

Living in the Lap of Luxury: Bishop's Extravagant Behavior Triggers Uproar

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2012

He extols the virtues of poverty and humility, but the German bishop of Limburg enjoys first-class flights and a luxurious new living complex. As the truth comes out about their secretive shepherd, local Catholics are threatening to abandon the fold en masse. By Martin U. Müller and Peter Wensierski more...

Pedophile Priests in Germany: 'Zero-Tolerance' Bishop Accused of Leniency

Pedophile Priests in Germany: 'Zero-Tolerance' Bishop Accused of Leniency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2012

Two years ago, Germany's Catholic Church was rocked by reports of widespread child abuse. But Stephan Ackermann, the bishop subsequently made the German Bishops' Conference's spokesman on such issues, has rattled many in his own diocese by refusing to actively pursue investigations or impose harsh penalties. By Anna Loll more...

The World From Berlin: 'The Pope Can't Neglect What's Happening in His Own Church'

The World From Berlin: 'The Pope Can't Neglect What's Happening in His Own Church'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2011

The pope's highly anticipated speech in Germany's parliament Thursday was met with a standing ovation by politicians, who he warned not to abandon their principles for power. In Friday's newspapers, though, German commentators take the pope to task for not addressing contemporary problems within the Catholic Church in his speech. more... Comment ]

Mission Clarity: Pope Benedict's Blunt New World

Mission Clarity: Pope Benedict's Blunt New World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2011

It has been billed as Pope Benedict XVI's most difficult trip abroad to date. But so far in Germany, the pope has not sought to shy away from controversy. His bluntness has surprised many -- and could transform the visit into a rousing success. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

The Pope in Germany: Financial Crisis, Religion and a Bit of Protest

The Pope in Germany: Financial Crisis, Religion and a Bit of Protest

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2011

In Germany on Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI wasted no time in touching on one of the main themes of his papacy: declining religiosity. But he also chatted with Chancellor Angela Merkel about the financial crisis and said he understands the protests surrounding his visit. more...

The Pope Comes Home: Benedict Criticizes Lack of Religiosity in Germany

The Pope Comes Home: Benedict Criticizes Lack of Religiosity in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Berlin on Thursday morning to kick-off a four-day trip to Germany. He was welcomed by President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of a highly anticipated speech before the German parliament. He said he was unbothered by the massive criticism which preceded the visit. more...

Disillusioned German Catholics: The Pope's Difficult Visit to His Homeland

Disillusioned German Catholics: The Pope's Difficult Visit to His Homeland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2011

When Joseph Ratzinger became pope in 2005, Catholics in Germany joyfully celebrated the first German pope in almost 500 years. Since then, the euphoria has turned to disappointment and disillusionment. Benedict XVI's visit to Germany this week will do little to heal the deep divide between conservatives and reformers in the German Church. By SPIEGEL Staff. more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Top Jesuit Priest: 'We Kept Quiet about Sexual Abuse for Too Long'

SPIEGEL Interview with Top Jesuit Priest: 'We Kept Quiet about Sexual Abuse for Too Long'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2011

Jesuit priest Klaus Mertes, the director of Berlin's Canisius College, sent shock waves through the German Catholic Church in January 2010 when he exposed systematic sexual abuse at the elite school. In a SPIEGEL interview, he talks about the Church's response to the abuse scandal and his anger at the Vatican. more... Comment ]

Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church: Bishops Open Personnel Files to Investigators

Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church: Bishops Open Personnel Files to Investigators

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2011

The credibility of the Catholic Church in Germany has suffered enormously as a result of allegations of sexual abuse. Now the country's bishops have ordered investigations of an unprecedented scale in Europe. SPIEGEL has learned the church will provide external investigators with access to personnel files in all 27 dioceses. more...