German cardinal offers to resign over sexual abuse ‘catastrophe’

Reinhard Marx tells pope he wants to share responsibility for church’s failure to deal with abuse by clergy

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, one of Germany’s most senior Catholics, has offered his resignation to the pope over the “catastrophe” of sexual abuse by clerics and other church members.

Marx, the archbishop of Munich and Freising and a prominent liberal, said in a letter to Pope Francis that he wanted to share responsibility for the abuse that had taken place over decades and the failure of the church to deal with it.

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