sábado, 23 de mayo de 2015

Developing pastoral walking paths concerning marriage and the family that are appropriate and theologically responsible

A handful of young German Bishops resisting the national Church’s march to heresy

A controversial document from the most prominent Catholic lay organization in Germany calling for changes in the Church’s teaching on divorce and homosexuality has garnered the public opposition of six German bishops. The resistance is noteworthy since it comes in the wake of similar suggestions by the German Bishops Conference and is being seen as a more general opposition.

The suggestions are only slightly more direct than those of Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the President of the Bishops conference and one of Pope Francis’ Council of nine, who has advocated for altering the practice of the Church regarding Communion for divorced and remarried couples and questioned Church teaching on homosexuality. They also echo the German Bishops Conference approval earlier this month of allowing persons living in homosexual and other non-married sexual relationships to work as Church employees.

The recommendations of the Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken (ZdK) – Central Committee of German Catholics – called on the Catholic Church to alter teachings on marriage and the family claiming to do so in adherence to Pope Francis. The ZdK, an organization funded by the Bishops Conference and claiming to speak for all Catholic laymen in Germany, in their official paper released on May 9, called for the admittance of “remarried” divorcees to the sacraments, for an acceptance of all forms of cohabitation, for the blessing of homosexual couples, and for a “reconsidering of the question of contraception.”

The first bishop to denounce the ZdK’s “very troubling” document was the 49-year-old Bishop of Passau in Southern Germany, Stefan Oster who posted his opposition to his FaceBook page. “The approval of the requests of the ZdK would mean a dramatic change of much that has been held to be valid concerning marriage and sexuality,” he said. “The Church believes… that lived sexual practice has its only legitimate place within a marriage between a man and a woman, both of whom are open to the procreation of life and both of whom have made a bond that lasts until the death of one of the spouses.” He noted that God binds the relationship and makes it “indissoluble.”


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