I’m posting this article because I didn’t want Protestants to get jealous and feel that Catholics were getting all the attention. As is quite evident, Protestant pastors, like Catholic priests, are also sexual abusers. It would appear pedophilia is a malaise of the ‘faithful’.
This woman pictured below has resigned from her post for failing to conduct investigations into sexual abuse within her diocese. In this regard, she seems to have a lot in common with Catholic bishops. TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
Hamburg bishop Maria Jepsen said in a statement Friday that she was stepping down from her post after coming under fire for allegedly deciding not to take action on claims that a priest within her diocese was involved in sexual abuse.
“My credibility has been put in question,” Jepsen said. “Consequently, I feel that I am no longer able to spread the good word, as I vowed to do at my ordination.”
Jepsen, 65, was elected bishop of the Lutheran church in northern Germany in 1992, becoming the first woman worldwide to hold the post.
In recent months, she was charged with covering up for a priest in the northern town of Ahrensburg for years, despite allegations of his sexual abuse.
“I expect that the abuse cases in Ahrensburg and elsewhere will be swiftly investigated and that the truth will come to light,” Jepsen said. She has insisted that she could not recall being told of the abuse.
During her tenure, Jepsen was frequently seen at anti-discrimination rallies and demonstrations and strongly supported the rights of the unemployed and homeless people.
Germany has been rocked by a widespread abuse scandal involving allegations of sexual and physical abuse of children by priests in both the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. Hundreds of people claiming abuse have come forward since January.