German bishops, Vatican paper react to assaults on women in Cologne
January 12, 2016
A week after the rash of sexual assaults on women in Cologne, the German bishops' conference has issued a statement decrying the incident.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Berlin, the president of the German episcopal conference, issued a muted statement saying that the assaults were "deeply disturbing" and "can in no may be tolerated." He called upon government officials to provide "accurate information and a clear response."
The Vatican newspaper also issued a belated statement on the assaults. L'Osservatore Romano said that the natural response is "unbounded indignation." The paper quoted Cologne's Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki as saying that the attacks were "absolutely disgusting."
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