Journalists within the German metropolis of Cologne have walked out of a press convention after Catholic Church officers requested them to signal a confidentiality settlement pledging their silence over an unpublished report into little one abuse.
The Archdiocese of Cologne organized the occasion to debate the methodology of the report, which Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki stated was the rationale it had nonetheless not been launched to the general public, in response to Deutsche Welle.
The eight journalists invited to the briefing have been proven a redacted model of the doc and requested by church officers to stay silent on info concerning the alleged abusers and their crimes.
All attendees reportedly rejected requests to signal the confidentiality settlement, which apparently learn: “The journalist commits himself to train absolute silence concerning this info.”
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Woelki has been accused of a cover-up by not informing the Vatican a few sexual abuse allegation involving a priest courting again to 2014, after Woelki grew to become Archbishop of Cologne.
He initially promised a report into abuse allegations in Cologne in 2018, however he delayed its launch on the finish of October, saying it was “not legally legitimate,” contained prejudices, and had points almost about its methodology.
“Severe errors have been repeatedly made for many years,” Woelki admitted in November, as he accused two of his predecessors, Joseph Hoffner and Joachim Meisner, of protecting up sexual abuse in Cologne.
A neighborhood prison regulation skilled, Bjorn Gercke, has reportedly now been requested to compile a brand new report for launch in March.
Munich regulation agency Westpfahl Spilker Wastl, which had been dealing with the report, has denied Woelki’s allegations that it was not methodologically sound.
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