Archbishop Stephan Burger © Arne Dedert
Freiburg Archbishop Stephan Burger maintains dialogue and reform process in the Catholic Church in Germany. Burger said in Freiburg that an open dialogue is necessary for a future-oriented and lively church.
The "synodal path" planned by the Bishops' Conference and the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) should offer a forum for this, but should not be understood as a "German special path" that "would not be in consensus with the universal church," the archbishop said on Tuesday.
It is a matter of walking a path "between tradition and the signs of the times". It is about ways out of the church's "credibility crisis", he said. Loss of trust and reform backlog lead to protests and church resignations, Burger says.
Letter from the Vatican
Most recently, the Vatican had criticized the German dialogue process. The planned "synodal path" must be "followed effectively and in harmony with the universal Church," according to a letter from the head of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, to the president of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx.
Topics of the dialogue process include sexual morality, priestly lifestyles, power and the separation of powers, and the role of women.
Critics argue that the ies touched upon could only be decided at the world church level.