Cardinal lehmann defends pope

Cardinal Karl Lehmann has criticized Pope Benedict XVI from the Protestant Church. rejected. If the Protestant side in Germany expresses the view that during Benedict XVI's term in office. If the bishops say that not much has happened yet in terms of ecumenism, this is "not only directed at the wrong address, but also does not apply in terms of content," the chairman of the German Bishops' Conference said in a newspaper interview over the weekend. "How is that now with the pill, the condoms?" In recent weeks, including after the pope's interview with German television stations, representatives of the Protestant Church in Germany had repeatedly criticized the church leader's commitment to ecumenical ies.

Cardinal Karl Lehmann has criticized Pope Benedict XVI from the Protestant Church. rejected. If the Protestant side in Germany were to say that during Benedict XVI's term of office there would be a change in church law, it would be a change of direction. The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference said in a newspaper interview on the weekend that "not only is this directed at the wrong address, but its content is also inaccurate," because "not much has happened yet in terms of ecumenism. "How is it now with the pill, condoms?" In recent weeks, including after the Pope's interview with German television stations, representatives of the Protestant Church in Germany had repeatedly criticized the commitment of the Church leader in ecumenical ies. Lehmann pointed out that the pope must be able to "take the whole Catholic Church along with him" in matters of ecumenism. In addition, this dialogue must also be well prepared theologically. He also referred to talks with Orthodoxy.At the same time, the cardinal implicitly expressed the expectation that there could be a new clarification in the Catholic Church on controversial questions of sexual morality, such as the use of the pill or the use of condoms. Benedict XVI. had said that one should not put norms alone, especially in the sense of bans, in the foreground, but that it is first about the supporting content. "That would have to be concretized: How is that now with the pill, the condoms?", said the bishop of Mainz.The theological clarification would not have to do the pope himself. There are expert committees for this, "but he has to give the order."The cardinal emphasized that he did not want to say that the positions of the church in these questions would change. But perhaps the justifications could be made more plausible to the people.(CBA)

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