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Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, president of the German Bishops' Conference, speaks Sept. 13, during the extended Joint Conference of Bishops and Laity to prepare the "synodal way." The bishops of Germany, reacting to an independent study of the extent of clerical sexual abuse in their country and its possible causes, chose to initiate a "synodal" process that was not a synod or a plenary council. (CNS/Harald Oppitz, KNA)