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

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.
A bishop at a meeting of the German Bishops' Conference in February 2010.

A bishop at a meeting of the German Bishops' Conference in February 2010.

Foto: JOHANNES EISELE/ Reuters
Interview conducted by Holger Stark and Peter Wensierski.