Topic page: Sexual abuse

Since the end of January 2010, a public debate on the subject of sexual abuse has been taking place in Germany since cases of sexual abuse at the Canisius Kolleg in Berlin had become known. Bishop Dr Stephan Ackermann (Trier) is the Special Commissioner of the German Bishops’ Conference on all questions relating to sexual abuse of minors and on issues of child and youth protection in the Church’s sphere of influence. Read more about the relevant aspects on this topic page.

Statement of the German Bishops on the results of the study “Sexual abuse of minors”

This Statement of the German Bishops on the results of the study “Sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, deacons and male members of orders in the domain of the German Bishops’ Conference” has been announced on the Autumn Plenary Assembly of the German Bishops’ Conference on 27 September 2018 in Fulda.

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  • Statement of the German Bishops
    on the results of the study “Sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, deacons and male members of orders in the domain of the German Bishops’ Conference”
  • Dichiarazione dei vescovi tedeschi
    sui risultati dello studio ”Abuso sessuale su minori perpetrato da parte di sacerdoti, diaconi e maschi appartenenti a ordini religiosi cattolici operanti nel settore di competenza della Conferenza episcopale tedesca”

Research project on sexual abuse in the sphere of the Catholic Church – Presentation of MHG Study

The most recent MHG study will be presented at a press conference during the autumn full assembly of the German Bishops’ Conference in Fulda at 1.15 p.m. on 25 September 2018.

Referred to by its short title “MHG Study”, it is named after the locations of the Universities that are involved in the research consortium, namely M(annheim)-H(eidelberg)-G(ießen), and is entitled “Sexual abuse of minors committed by Catholic priests, deacons and male religious in the sphere of the German Bishops’ Conference”.