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Reformed Church expresses sympathy with victims of child abuse

The presidential council of the Hungarian Reformed Church has expressed its sympathy with the victims of child abuse and said that it considered any ill-treatment unacceptable.

Referring to former President Katalin Novak’s pardon granted to a person implicated in a case of child abuse, which led to her recent resignation, the council said in a circular issued on Wednesday that the case “burdens Reformed Church members in their preparations for Lent”.

Concerning Bishop Zoltan Balog, former head of the Reformed Church Synod, who also resigned after the pardon came to light, the council said “he and his diocese have the exclusive right to make a decision concerning his post as bishop.”


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