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Old 7th July 2019, 11:18 AM   #1
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Please Forgive the Predator Priests.

German Catholics Storm Out of Sermon Urging Forgiveness for Predator Priests
A Roman Catholic priest in Germany is facing backlash over a sermon urging parishioners to forgive pedophile priests.

The retired, 79-year-old priest was apparently attempting to preach about the importance of forgiveness in Christianity, using examples from the Bible to insist that pedophile priests deserve to be forgiven, too.

It seems that he doesn't understand that his attitude towards abuse is part of the problem.
Zurkuhlen complained about bishops referring to predator priests as “criminals,” even if the men were otherwise good at their jobs.

He added that the congregation’s reaction was a “real shock.”

At least one church leader seems to understand.
The Rev. Stefan Rau, the congregation’s lead pastor, told Kirche-und-Leben that he regrets Zurkuhlen’s comments. The bishop of Münster, Felix Genn, has reportedly asked Zurkuhlen to stop preaching.

Rau said he believes forgiveness isn’t the duty of abuse victims.
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