Catholic Church: Allegations of Abuse Report – Politics

The Archdiocese of Cologne commissioned an independent investigation into sexualised violence, then prevented its publication. Former members of the Advisory Board agreed – under pressure as they say today.

Interview by

Matthias Drobinski and Annette Zoch

It was to be the first independent study of sexual violence that also examines the actions of church leaders. This is what Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, the Archbishop of Cologne, announced. The Munich law firm Westpfahl, Spilker, Wastl was commissioned. But after some back and forth, Woelki announced on October 30: The report would not be published. It is defective and violates personal rights. The representation of those affected by abuse in the archdiocese agreed. But apparently the advisory board was taken by surprise and put under pressure. Today his former spokesmen Patrick Bauer and Karl Haucke raise serious allegations.