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Updated: Priest withdraws statement on ‘cesspools’ in German dioceses over fear of retribution

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Updated September 13, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. EST.

September 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – On Wednesday, September 12, we published an “eyewitness account” by a priest about the “cesspools” of homosexual immorality in German dioceses.

The priest wrote anonymously out of fear of retribution. However, after publication the priest feared that even the meager details provided risked exposing him, and he asked that we remove his account.

The priest explains his decision in the following statement:

“After speaking with two clergymen who are well informed about the situation, I give the following statement: to my own great chagrin, I see myself urged to withdraw my own report of experiences concerning the situation of the German priestly formation. Since I wish not to endanger my possibility to be further active in the pastoral field, and for other reasons, I politely ask the editors, with a sense of urgency, to remove immediately the text from the Internet. I confirm that Dr. Hickson has followed in a most exemplary way her journalistic duty for diligence and care and that my necessary decision to withdraw my statement – made clear in conversations with some competent fellow priests – is only due to my own lack of practical wisdom, as well as due to my lack of experience with regard to such circumstances. I regret any inconvenience that could stem from this decision.”

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Maike Hickson

Dr. Maike Hickson was born and raised in Germany. She holds a PhD from the University of Hannover, Germany, after having written in Switzerland her doctoral dissertation on the history of Swiss intellectuals before and during World War II. She now lives in the U.S. and is married to Dr. Robert Hickson, and they have been blessed with two beautiful children. She is a happy housewife who likes to write articles when time permits.

Dr. Hickson published in 2014 a Festschrift, a collection of some thirty essays written by thoughtful authors in honor of her husband upon his 70th birthday, which is entitled A Catholic Witness in Our Time.

Hickson has closely followed the papacy of Pope Francis and the developments in the Catholic Church in Germany, and she has been writing articles on religion and politics for U.S. and European publications and websites such as LifeSiteNews, OnePeterFive, The Wanderer, Rorate Caeli, Catholicism.org, Catholic Family News, Christian Order, Notizie Pro-Vita, Corrispondenza Romana, Katholisches.info, Der Dreizehnte,  Zeit-Fragen, and Westfalen-Blatt.