File - In this July 5, 2011 file picture Prof. Christian Pfeiffer Director of the Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute speaks during a press conference in Meppen, northern

 

              File - In this  July 5, 2011 file picture Prof. Christian Pfeiffer Director of the  Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute  speaks during a press conference in Meppen, northern
File - In this July 5, 2011 file picture Prof. Christian Pfeiffer Director of the Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute speaks during a press conference in Meppen, northern Germany. Germany's Roman Catholic Church has fallen out with the prominent outside expert who was tasked with researching sexual abuse by clergy dating back decades. The church in 2011 tasked Prof. Christian Pfeiffer's Institute with analyzing data on abuse from German dioceses as far back as 1945. It was part of efforts to address the scandal triggered by revelations in 2010 of abuse in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI's homeland, and elsewhere. But the German Bishops Conference said Wednesday Jan 9, 2013 that "mutual trust is shattered" between the bishops and Pfeiffer and it was terminating its agreement with the institute. It said it would seek a new partner for the project. Pfeiffer told ZDF television some in the church wanted pre-publication checks on the researchers' work, which he termed unacceptable. (AP Photo/dapd/ David Hecker,File)