The Pope has refused to accept a cardinal’s resignation over a sex abuse scandal.

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The Pope has refused to accept a cardinal’s resignation over a sex abuse scandal.

Pope Francis has refused to accept German Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s resignation over the church’s sex abuse issue.

However, he stated that reform was required and that each bishop must bear responsibility for the situation’ “catastrophe.”

In response to Mr Marx’s shocking declaration last week that he had volunteered to retire as archbishop of Munich and Freising over the church’s mishandling of abuse cases, Francis addressed him a letter.

The Pope refused to accept Mr Marx’s resignation and instructed him in a letter that he had to stay on as archbishop.

Instead, Francis stated, a reform process was needed that “does not consist in words but in attitudes that have the courage to place oneself in crisis, to assume reality whatever of the consequences.”

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