With a funeral service in Freiburg Cathedral on Friday afternoon, the public took leave of Eberhard Schockenhoff. The former vice chairman of the German Ethics Council had died on Saturday at the age of 67 years.
In his address, Caritas scholar Klaus Baumann paid tribute to Schockenhoff as a "man of communication". This had applied at all levels and in all contexts: internal, interpersonal, pastoral, friendly, collegial, scientific and public. Schockenhoff was able to listen and make it clear that he wanted to understand his counterparts, Baumann said.
Freiburg University Rector Hans-Jochen Schiewer paid tribute to "the great scholar and great colleague" at the end of the Mass celebration. The university can be proud of having had this "alert and seismographic spirit" in its ranks. It had always been an enrichment to discuss with Schockenhoff.
Because of the Corona requirements, the number of people attending the service in the minster was limited to about 200. But the Mass celebration, which was also attended by Archbishop Stephan Burger, was about our site and other portals, as well as social networks retrievable. Schockenhoff will be buried on Saturday in the closest circle of family and friends.
Born in Stuttgart in 1953, Schockenhoff studied in Tubingen and Rome, where he was ordained a priest in 1978. He received his doctorate under Alfons Auer and was assistant to the later Cardinal of the Curia Walter Kasper in Tubingen. In the early 1990s, Schockenhoff was appointed professor in Regensburg; in 1994, he moved to Freiburg. In 2016, he additionally amed the presidency of the Catholic Academic Alien Service (KAAD).
Schockenhoff was a sought-after expert on life sciences and bioethics. Within the church he was an important mediator and contact person. He was committed to a sexual ethics that is oriented to the realities of life. He also played a central role in the current consultations on the future of the church and pastoral care, the discussion process Synodal Way.