Bishop Stephan Ackermann © Harald Oppitz (KNA)
Victims of abuse in the diocese of Trier accuse Bishop Stephan Ackermann of failing to come to terms with abuse in his own diocese. The lack of an independent reappraisal is also criticized. The diocese rejects the criticism.
In a now published statement, the initiative Missbit complains about "ignorance and passivity" of the bishop, who is also the abuse commissioner of the Catholic German Bishops' Conference. The abuse study of the Bishops' Conference published a year ago recommended an independent reappraisal. In Trier, however, in contrast to other dioceses such as Essen, Cologne or Mainz, this has not yet been addressed.