German Bishop Puts True Love And Faithfulness Before Dogma

The president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, has called for changing the Church’s official teaching on “practised homosexuality” by “jumping over trenches.”

“Here the statement of the Catechism is first of all that these people are to be met with esteem and respect,” Bätzing said in an interview with German newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung" on Easter Sunday. “But every single sexual act is seen as evidence of a disordered sexual life. This is something that many people no longer want or can understand.”

Bätzing, who was elected as head of the German bishops only last month, claimed that in moral theology, “we have long since moved towards saying that if “true love and faithfulness are lived,” even among same-sex partners, “we must acknowledge that.”

He then asked, “Can we tell them that their relationship is under the blessing of God?”

Bätzing expressed his hope “that we can come to a statement on this during the Synodal Path. This would be a sign that the public would see as a bridge.”

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