“We remain catholic”

According to Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the Catholic Church needs renewal. "It must recognize the signs of the times, but not get caught up in the zeitgeist," Marx told the "Passauer Neue Presse" newspaper. But faith and church would not be reinvented. "We remain Catholic."

Marx hopes for important impulses from the Pope's visit to Germany this September. It should become clear "that we are on the way as a community of faith full of hope". Benedict XVI. is a great theologian and ames fascinating possibilities of faith. With his sermons and his speech in the Bundestag, the pope will certainly set important accents and make clear the greatness of the Christian message, he said. At the same time, the cardinal expressed his conviction that almost all of society would listen, even those who were searching and doubting.

With regard to the cases of abuse in the Catholic Church that came to light last year, Marx warned not to be too quick to move on to business as usual. The question of the financial side of the recognition of the suffering of those affected has been addressed, but the church must and can also become a pioneer in prevention work. Compared to other social groups, the church is rather ahead with its efforts, the cardinal emphasized. "The dimension of sexual abuse in our entire society is, after all, of a magnitude that cannot let us remain calm."

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