Wolfgang Thierse, deputy speaker of the German parliament and a member of the board of the Central Committee of German Catholics told German public television that the credibility of the Church had been severely damaged. And not just any politicians. This one was the former president of the Bundestag.
"An institution with such high moral claims has to be subject to these higher standards itself." [...]
Thierse argued that an institution claiming "such high moral authority" had to apply these same standards to its priests.
"The church has to be more honest and stricter. That, of course, also applies to the pope," Thierse told German public television.
Fair. Balanced. American.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
It isn't just Angela Merkel
Other prominent German politicians, from both sides of the aisle, are speaking out about the pope and the abuse scandal: