“An important sign”

The Central Committee of German Catholics congratulates the Ecumenical Working Group Homosexuals and Church on the award of the Herbert Haag Prize. The award to the HuK is an important sign.

This was explained by the family policy spokeswoman of the ZdK, Birgit Mock, on Friday in Bonn. "On the Synodal Way, but also with a view to the situation in a number of European countries, the question of recognition of sexual diversity moves us. This is a human rights ie." The church, too, is challenged to "come out of the Gospel to a re-evaluation of homosexual couple relationships lived in love and sexuality".

The Ecumenical Working Group on Homosexuals and the Church (HuK) was founded in 1977 and is an association of people who deal critically and constructively with sexual diversity and the church. It has been present for years at both Protestant church congresses and Catholic congresses.

Award ceremony in Lucerne

The 2020 Herbert Haag Prize for Freedom in the Church will be awarded belatedly in Lucerne on Sunday. With 10 each.000 Swiss francs (9.250 euros) are awarded to the Ecumenical Working Group Homosexuals and Church, the Evangelical Lutheran pastor Hedwig Porsch (51) from Coburg, the Lutheran theologian Ondrej Prostrednik (57) from Bratislava and the Swiss author and spiritual guide Pierre Stutz (67).

The Foundation for Freedom in the Church was founded in 1985 by Swiss theologian Herbert Haag (1915-2001). It says it is in the service of an open-minded and ecumenically minded Catholic faith.

Previous winners include the Jesuit Klaus Mertes, the theologians Eugen Drewermann and Leonardo Boff, the French bishop Jacques Gaillot, and the chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm.

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