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Can We ‘Follow’ Our Bishops?: German Catholics React to Bishops’ Push to Overhaul Sexual Teaching
LifeSite News ^ | 3/20/19 | Maike Hickson

Posted on 03/24/2019 7:04:48 AM PDT by marshmallow

March 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic priests and laity in Germany are indignant over the March 11-14 spring assembly of the German bishops and their decision to start a “synodal” discussion about the Church's sexual morality and priestly celibacy in light of the current clerical sex abuse crisis. Many of them see this discussion as a dangerous development that could result in a schism.

As LifeSiteNews has reported, the German bishops had unanimously decided, at the end of their spring assembly in Lingen, to start a “synodal path” in their discussions (yet still without an existing synod itself) on the questions of priestly celibacy, sexual morality, and questions of clerical power. Bishop Franz-Josef Bode – the Vice President of the German Bishops' Conference and a promoter of the idea of blessings for homosexual couples – will lead the discussion on sexual morality. The progressivist lay organization Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) will be involved in this fostered synodal process. Professor Eberhard Schockenhoff, one of the speakers at the spring meeting proposed to put aside the Church's teaching against homosexuality, contraception, cohabitation, and masturbation.

LifeSiteNews reached out to Father Frank Unterhalt, the speaker of the German priestly group Communio veritatis, asking him for comment. He called the recent decisions of the German bishops a “detestable abuse of the abuse,” because “they obviously wish, under a deceptive pretext of a 'renewal', to establish their horizontal man-church.”

This German priest points out that “homosexuality as the cause of the large majority of [abuse] cases is now being consciously silenced, because 80% of the victims are boys between 14 and 18 years.” “Instead,” he adds, “celibacy and the whole [deposit of] sexual morality are being purposefully put up for discussion, in order to relativize God's Commandments and the perennial Magisterium of......

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues

1 posted on 03/24/2019 7:04:48 AM PDT by marshmallow
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Hopefully the good sweet german laymen will stand on the sidewalks with baseball bat stapled signs of mary and joseph, encouraging the bishops to think with their eternal salvation in mind as well as temporal punishment. Biological fathers must stand up for right, up close and personal. Think... the Swiss Guard...before they took pay from the vatican

2 posted on 03/24/2019 7:27:18 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: If You Want It Fixed - Fix It

Matthew 18:6
“But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! …

3 posted on 03/24/2019 8:39:37 AM PDT by budj (combat vet, 2nd of 3 generations)
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To: marshmallow; Al Hitan; Biggirl; Coleus; DuncanWaring; ebb tide; Fedora; Hieronymus; irishjuggler; ..


4 posted on 03/25/2019 5:08:48 PM PDT by ebb tide (We have a rogue curia in Rome")
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