Wim Wenders Pondering Film on Catholic Child Abuse Scandal

Director involved in media campaign "Talking Helps!" to encourage victims of abuse to come forward

 

COLOGNE, Germany -- Director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) is considering making a film on the pedophile scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church.

Wenders, who was raised Catholic in post-war Germany before converting to Presbyterianism, told AFP he blames the (German-born) Pope Benedict XVI for not breaking a "vicious circle" of silence surrounding child abuse scandals from around the world.

Wenders was speaking in Belgium, where hundreds of abuse cases, some dating back to the 1950s, have recently come to light. In Germany, the director is taking part in a national media campaign -- called "Talking Helps!" -- to encourage victims of abuse to come forward and tell their stories.

"If you keep it a secret, the violator wins," Wenders said. "It's a very German thing to repress things, maybe it's like that in Belgium too."

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