September 23rd, 2010
01:38 PM ET

German bishops set out rules to stop sexual abuse

Berlin, Germany (CNN) - German Catholic bishops Thursday set out new rules to help prevent clergy from abusing children, following scandals across Europe.

They aim "to sensitize and empower all those working in the church environment to recognize evidence of sexual abuse and to deal with it in an appropriate fashion," said Stephan Ackermann, archbishop of Trier and the bishops' point man on sexual abuse of children within the church.

They require all 27 German Catholic diocese to give employees strict rules on how to maintain an appropriate level of "close distance" between other staff and children and young people in their trust, the bishops said.

Diocese must also thoroughly check the police records of employees; establish both internal and external routes for advice and complaints; and improve hiring procedures and the training of new employees with the issue of sexual abuse in mind.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Petel2

    Please read who the RCC pedos and their protectors want to harm again.


    After all, it's OK they harmed children and hide from the crimes because others did it too.

    September 29, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  2. Petel2

    Someone please tell me what the pope is doing to help these victims and their families? Answer that question before supporting this criminal.

    September 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  3. Petel2

    As a victim of rrraaappes and sssoddoommies from ages 8 to 10, once a gang sssooooddoommy by 4 priests – I'm asking Americans to help us expose the truth. Please demand your lawmakers and justice departments to hold this organization accountable. Right now, the RCC has the financial ability to buy those who should be helping us.
    Many mothers suffer unimaginable pain as they cry every night for their lost children who committed suicide and those mentally ill. And these mothers know the RCC denied their children. Not only does the RCC deny their children, but their lobby efforts to stop laws that would help all victims of abuse.
    The RCC doesn't care for these mothers, the children victims and only care of their own reputation. And as you can read in some posts here, there are catholics (priests likely) who would rather continue the destruction to victims lives because some victims have gained the strength to speak out.
    Please help us, we need you to demand accountability. We need your voice.

    Thank you

    September 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  4. Bob

    You know what's interesting? There is no mention of "Give the priest over to the local authorities for trial."

    September 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  5. Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

    Ultimate power corrupts. All religions are created that way.

    September 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  6. lolita

    we pay so much attention to gay rights, immigration reform, and terrorism. They b***h about it like mad dogs, but no one goes out and put a stop to these catholic pedophiles. The sad thing about it is to live the rest of your life with so much anger wishing that someday somebody will stop these criminals.

    September 24, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  7. QuestionMark

    opps! Imeant to say SIEZED not CEASED!

    September 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
    • Petel2

      Maybe was a Freudian slip?

      September 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
    • peace2all


      No problem.....We get what you are saying.

      @Petel2--Not so much a 'freudian slip'... but in neuro-linguistics would be considered more of a 'phonological ambiguity'....2 words that sound somewhat or exactly alike, but have different spellings and different meanings.


      September 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  8. QuestionMark

    What a farce! They should be investigated by regular authorities, have thier records ceased, and they should pay for thier crimes. Including the ones who protected them. They are just as guilty.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  9. Sandy

    There is already a set of rules and a way to enforce them. It's called notifying police and throwing the sicko in jail.

    September 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  10. Kate

    This is nothing more than religious theater, since none of the rules include "Throw Ratzinger out of popeness, open all secret Vatican files on pre-existing pedophiles to law enforcement agencies internationally, and chemically castrate priests and seminarians"

    It's damage control made to sound good – they're not serious, else they'd be opening the files.

    Just sayin'

    September 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Whoa? Kate?
      I'm surprise at your vehemence. I can understand the de-Popeing and opening of files, but chemically castrating people? Isn't that a bit much, since most of them have never done anything? Not your normal light-hearted jabs.

      Just Spayin' ?

      September 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
    • Kate


      I had a friend once, when I was a kid who suicided. No-one said anything in specific but there's a good chance that one of the pedophile priests of Ireland was involved in the reasons why.

      They denied my friend the sacraments as a suicide. The people responsible for playing the pedo priest shuffle game sit there and say they have nothing to apologize for, nothing to be ashamed of, that they are not responsible.

      I have no compassion for this "church", will show them no mercy, will grant them no forgiveness, and will never forget.


      September 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
    • Petel2

      I don't want to harm, just want the truth to come out. All of it.

      September 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
    • Darwi

      When the concept of "holiness" is finally put to rest, the setting apart will stop and humanity will win a great boon.
      Until then, the truth will only come out in scraps and smears, leaving trails in the muck, showing us the way of real truth.

      September 24, 2010 at 9:56 am |
    • Ghunt

      Can we mutilate biggots as well Kate. You broadbrush all Catholic religous. Evidently you are of superior ilk. Hey didn't Nazi's think like that.

      September 25, 2010 at 9:43 am |
    • Kate


      I don't belong to an organization that shields, protects, and facilitates child abuse, or swear its victims to secrecy on pain of the death of their immortal soul.

      Although I'm still not sure if I should call you for proving Godwin's Law, considering Ratzinger's connection with the Nazis 70 years ago.

      I'll just remind you that you brought them up first.

      I don't "hate" Catholics. I despise your Church. There's a difference.

      Just sayin'

      September 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
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