COLOGNE, October 31, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - After ten years of being
internally warned by faithful Catholics, including in a 70-page dossier
sent to all of Germany’s main bishops, the scandal of the German
bishops’ ownership of a publishing company that sells a large volume of
porn has hit the mainstream media.
Last week the mainstream media outed the fact that the German bishops are
100% owners of one of the most profitable book companies in Germany. The
huge company, in addition to offering many religious and other ethical
books and items, also peddles 2500 porn titles and additional books highly
offensive to Christian principles.
A spokesman for the bishops promised immediate corrective action. However,
the false pretense of ignorance about the situation has only served to add
to the scandal, especially for faithful Catholics who were treated with
silence and even disdain when they repeatedly attempted for years to bring
the scandal to an end out of public view.
WELTBILD, is the second largest bookselling company in Germany. It is
wholly owned by the German bishops and has a $1.7 billion annual turnover.
Its 2,500 porn titles (with covers too sexually explicit to reproduce)
include perverse sexual fantasy of every type. WELTBILD also sells books
promoting Satanism, the occult, esoterism, and anti-Christian atheist
More than that, the bishops are also 50% owners in another company -
Ver-lagsgruppe Droemer Knaur - which actually produces the pornographic
German Catholic author Gabriele Kuby, who has for years pointed out to
bishops various shortcomings in the Catholic Church in her nation, said
that the worst thing about the current public scandal is the hypocrisy.
Each of the affected bishops received 70 pages of documentation in 2008
detailing the fact that the publishing company was selling the
pornographic titles, Kuby told LifeSiteNews. She noted that most bishops
ignored the communications, not even bothering to reply. The Archdiocese
of Munich did reply, said Kuby, but she says their response was
“arrogant and spiteful.”
In reaction to questioning from the mainstream press, church officials
claimed it was a filtering problem which resulted in the oversight, adding
that the matter will be dealt with.
Another faithful Catholic, Bernhard Mueller, the editor-in-chief of the
Catholic magazine PUR, was himself involved in trying to have the bishops
resolve the scandal internally. Now, PUR’s front page story covering the
current state of affairs is titled “Bishops as porn producers.”
In his coverage of the now-public scandal, Mueller describes the
10-year-long attempt to convince the bishops to take action on the matter.
He concludes: “But over the years, all internal efforts to bring the
scandal have come to nothing.”
The reaction from the public, as can be seen in reader comments beneath
the mainstream media reports, has been to ridicule the Catholic Church.
Mueller summed up the public view succinctly with the phrase: “Preach
chastity and sell pornography.”