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

The priest asked that we pull his statement out of fear of retribution.
Wed Sep 12, 2018 - 10:58 am EST
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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.”


  catholic, germany, homosexuality, sex abuse crisis in catholic church

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