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German archbishop offers resignation on return from timeout

A prominent Catholic archbishop who faced strong criticism for his handling of the church’s sexual abuse scandal in Germany said Wednesday that he has offered his resignation to Pope Francis following a “spiritual timeout” granted by the pontiff.

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Top German bishop doubts ‘fresh start’ after abuse crisis

The head of the German Bishops’ Conference expressed doubts that the planned return of Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki as archbishop of Cologne will help the diocese overcome a crisis sparked by the church’s handling of sex abuse allegations.

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In priest’s abuse trial, German archbishop says he mishandled situation

In the first testimony ever given by a German Catholic bishop in a court case on abuse, Hamburg Archbishop Stefan Hesse admitted having made mistakes in the case of an offending priest on trial in the Cologne regional court.

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Three hard choices illustrate why the papacy can be no fun at all

The stars have aligned to suggest that Pope Francis faces a series of agonizing choices. Each represents an object lesson in why it’s never easy being in charge, especially of a complex global institution with a following of 1.3 billion highly diverse people and expectations of being a moral exemplar.

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