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On several occasions, Catholic theologians have commented on the situation of the Catholic Church in Germany in joint statements and called for reforms. The Catholic News Agency (KNA) lists important declarations of the past 20 years:

1989: More than 220 Catholic professors of theology published the "Cologne Declaration," in which they were critical of the practice of appointing bishops, the granting of church teaching licenses and the magisterial claim in detailed moral-theological questions. This was preceded by disputes about the appointment of Cardinal Joachim Meisner as Archbishop of Cologne and about the practice of "nihil-obstat" granting.

1995: "We are Church" initiative calls for internal church reforms and launches church referendum. She argues for the abolition of celibacy, the admission of women to the priesthood, the participation of the laity in the appointment of bishops and a change in the sexual morality of the Church. In Germany, more than 1.7 million people signed the declaration, among them 81 percent Catholics.

2007: 88 Catholic professors plead for a reform of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and criticize the Vatican's condemnation of theses by the South American liberation theologian Jon Sobrino. The signatories are mostly active or emeritus professors from Germany and Austria.

2009: Several Catholic faculties in Germany criticize the Vatican's withdrawal of excommunication from four traditionalist bishops. They are dismayed that bishops who rejected the principles of the Second Vatican Council "and thus the central content of church teaching" are being rehabilitated. At the same time, the professors criticize a too weak reaction of the Vatican to Holocaust denier and traditionalist bishop Richard Williamson.

2011: About 150 theology professors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland plead for reforms in the Catholic Church. Under the title "Church 2011: A necessary departure" they plead, among other things, for greater participation of the faithful in the appointment of ministers, the ordination of married people to the priesthood, an improved ecclesiastical legal culture and more respect for individual life decisions.

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