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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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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jan. 12, 2016 3:53 PM ET USA

    And after all the ballyhooing over social justice, whom will the bishops throw under the bus over what is surely just an opening salvo in Europe. The sappers have arrived within the city once again, but by train, plane and autobahn this time.