The Center for Child Protection, which has a euro1.2 million ($1.6 million) budget over three years, is a joint effort of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Ulm University Hospital's department of child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy and the archdiocese of Munich and Freising. Its advisory board includes the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor.
Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx said the clergy sex abuse scandal, which erupted in 2010 in Pope Benedict XVI's native Germany — had cost the church credibility "from which it has yet to recover."
"Stonewalling, trivialization ... will not foster a new credibility," he said. "There can therefore be no substitute for openness, transparency and truthfulness."
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