CNA Staff, Mar 18, 2021 / 15:00 pm
A German Catholic archbishop announced on Thursday that he was offering his resignation to Pope Francis and requesting “immediate release” from all duties.
Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg made his brief declaration live on YouTube on March 18, saying “I am of the firm conviction that taking responsibility is part of our duty to actively deal with this dark chapter in the best possible way and to move towards a better future for everyone, first and foremost for the victims themselves”.
“I have never participated in any cover-up. Nevertheless, I am willing to bear my share of responsibility for the failure of the system”, Heße said.
The German prelate was in charge of pastoral personnel in the Archdiocese of Cologne from 2006 to 2012. He served as vicar general from 2012 to 2015 before being ordained as Archbishop of Hamburg on March 14, 2015.