The Catholic Church Will Recover

Consider the Martin Luther era, when things in the Catholic Church were even worse.
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Question: Will the Catholic Church recover from the current scandals? 

Ernst Weizsäcker: They certainly will recover. They've been in existence 2,000 years, and they have a very strong message.  But, they don’t deserve to recover soon, unless they really accept the guilt that some individuals loaded on themselves and the institution has to learn that perhaps the conditions under which priests work are conducive to certain misbehavior.  So, maybe the conditions will have to be changed.  This has been the case in the so-called reformation by Martin Luther and others.  At that time, the Catholic Church was in a much worse state of affairs, with much more guilt in that sense than today.  And it has kind of led to a purification.  The challenge from the reformation has led the Catholics to learn much from Luther and others.  So, now they are almost indistinguishable.

Recorded on April 9, 2010