Marx welcomed public pressure to force reforms, and said the church must have a "frank discussion" about power, homosexuality, celibacy and training for priests, among other issues.
Marx's blunt comments follow the release of a devastating church-commissioned report into decades of sex abuse and cover-up in the German church.
A month-long meeting of Catholic bishops from around the world got underway on Wednesday at the Vatican. Pope Francis opened the meeting, which is designed to attract the young back to the church. Even before it began, however, CBS News correspondent Seth Doane says the gathering faced criticism from some church leaders because clerical sex abuse is not officially on the docket -- though it certainly looms large over the gathering.
Pope Francis told bishops on Wednesday that youth should have a future free of the mistakes and sins of the past. The synod, or meeting, brings together nearly 300 church leaders from almost 125 countries. The Vatican has recognized young people's "lack of harmony" with the church. So the mostly old bishops have surveyed Catholic youth and were to discuss topics that sound like a teenagers' Google history: video games, migration, LGBT issues, war, friendship, porn and corruption.
Survivors of sex abuse took advantage of the unusual concentration of bishops to speak up this week. Four hearing-impaired survivors of clerical sexual abuse named the priests who'd abused them at the Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf in Verona, Italy. They held a protest at the Vatican on Wednesday.
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