Students in a lecture (Archive) © Julia Steinbrecht (KNA)
Employment law steps passe: Employees of the Catholic University Community Cologne do not have to fear any employment law consequences from the Archdiocese of Cologne because of a position paper critical of the church.
The archdiocese confirmed to the online portal catholic.de said on Monday that no further legal action would be taken. However, there would be regular discussions with the employees. The KHG explained in an open letter, however, that it still may not publish its position paper.
The university congregation had criticized church sexual morality and the magisterium in the paper, which it initially published on its website and in the semester program. Last November then the Internet side of the municipality was in the meantime no longer attainable. In the meantime, it is accessible again; however, the position paper can no longer be found there.
The archdiocese had prohibited publication of the paper. In addition, an employee from the school department is leading the parish on an interim basis. Initially, the archdiocese had also initiated an examination under labor law.
Discussing the ies as a church
A spokeswoman for the archdiocese affirmed to catholic.de that the KHG had been encouraged to discuss the topics from the paper, for example, in the context of events. "It's a matter for us, as a church, to discuss the ies and, as a university community, to take the students into consideration."An "open, lively and at the same time objective and balanced exchange of opinions" is indispensable.
According to the report, the KHG is still insisting that it be allowed to publish its paper and has addressed an open letter to the head of the Department for Schools and Universities in the Vicariate General.
Among the supporters of the letter are the General Student Committee (AStA), the Protestant Student Community (ESG), the Working Group of Catholic University Communities (AKH), the Catholic Women's Community of Germany (kfd), the Catholic Student Youth (KSJ), the Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ) in the Archdiocese of Cologne, the reform initiative Maria 2.0 and the Cologne Catholic Committee.