Catholic Church in Germany drops sex abuse inquiry

The Roman Catholic Church in Germany has terminated an independent inquiry it commissioned into sexual abuse by clergy, citing a breakdown in trust.

It said that bishops’ trust in Prof Christian Pfeiffer, head of the Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute, had been “destroyed”.

Prof Pfeiffer accused the Church of obstructing his team’s work by seeking to control the investigation.

The Church said a new inquiry would be commissioned with a different partner.

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