No prognosis on meal fellowship

No prognosis on meal fellowship

Bishop Gebhard Furst © Harald Oppitz (KNA)

In 2017, evanglish and catholic christians had invited each other to communion. Bishop Furst intervened. The bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart does not believe that a meal community could be possible soon, even today.

The bishop of the Catholic diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Gebhard Furst, does not expect that Catholics and Protestants will be able to celebrate Holy Communion with each other in the foreseeable future. Celebrating the Eucharist.

When this will be possible, he could not give a forecast, said Furst to the Evangelical Press Service (epd) on Friday.

The prerequisite would be "church fellowship" as well as a common understanding of what happens at the Lord's Supper.

Prince intervened in "Ravensburg Declaration

Furst commented on the "Ravensburg Declaration" in which Catholics and Protestants wanted to invite each other to the Lord's Supper. He had to intervene because a local Catholic community is also bound to the universal church understanding of the Eucharist.

It would have been better if those responsible on site had contacted him as bishop earlier – "that would have saved some frustration," he said.

In 2017, the Catholic and Protestant parishes in Ravensburg had tried to establish a joint communion in a joint declaration "parishes at one table". Bishop Furst had contradicted this.

"Good ecumenical way" to continue

Furst warned against reducing ecumenism to the question of the common Lord's Supper. One should continue the "good ecumenical way", for example in reading the Bible together, praying and taking a stand on questions of the time.

In diaconal and charitable work, too, many things can be done together.

The bishop takes a critical view of the fact that the synod of the Evangelical State Church in Wurttemberg in March allowed the public blessing of same-sex couples.

Catholic and Protestant churches are not always in agreement on ethical questions. "Then we can also not speak with one voice into society. That diminishes the common witness," said Furst.

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