Why we need the catholic church

Christiane Florin, editor-in-chief of Christ und Welt, sees her new interview book as an "exchange of ideas about God and the world. And accordingly, the conversation with Bishops' Conference Chairman Robert Zollitsch and ZdK President Alois Gluck addresses a wide range of topics and ies.

What has church in the 21. The twenty-first century? How does it want to shape society? Why are many young people turning away and how does the church intend to reverse this trend?? What follows from the abuse crisis or the Pope's visit to Germany?? What reforms and departures do Catholics strive for in their church?? An overview, then, of current Catholic debates, problems and hopes on 160 pages of interviews.

Gluck and Zollitsch often complement and confirm each other in their analyses, for example, when both church representatives criticize what they see as disoriented modernity, unrestrained commercialization or blind growth ideology. Within the church, it is sometimes clear that many Catholics (and thus also the Central Committee of German Catholics represented by Gluck) hope for bolder reforms than the church leadership is currently prepared to tackle. Example: women in the church, introduction of a deaconess office, sexual morality, dealing with remarried divorcees or exclusion of employees of the pregnancy counseling Donum Vitae, which is not tolerated by the church hierarchy.

Zollitsch argues that in many of these areas of conflict, which have been smoldering for years, there has been some movement. In many places, for example, a new constructive togetherness of women and men, of laity and clergy, has succeeded, Zollitsch said, referring to the Archdiocese of Freiburg. At the same time, however, he resolutely upholds the current exclusion of remarried persons from the sacraments: "There is still much to be clarified in this regard. There is also the case, for example, that a woman says: My husband has left me and the children for another woman, and now he wants to marry the other woman. In such a case, a one-sidedly understood mercy is perceived as injustice."

No energetic follow-up
As a thread running through the interview volume, Florin repeatedly raises the question of "awakening" in the church, as the motto of the 98th Rio Congress suggests. German Catholic Congress ("Dare a new departure") promises. In concrete terms, for example, it is about how the church wants to regain lost trust after the abuse scandals. Or how church and religion can remain alive locally despite ever larger pastoral units. "We don't want to retreat to the small herd and say: let the others run away!", Zollitsch confesses. But what exactly follows from this for the current situation remains open.

It is a deficiency of the interview volume that can be observed several times that energetic follow-up or questions about concrete conclusions are omitted. Only rarely do the two experienced interview partners leave the roles and positions they have rehearsed in numerous public appearances and are thus largely familiar with. For example, when Zollitsch and Gluck talk about their biographical origins and their personal paths to faith.

Note: Vitamin K: Why we need the Catholic Church. Christiane Florin in conversation with Alois Gluck and Robert Zollitsch; 160 pages, 12,99 Euro, Verlag Herder, Freiburg 2012, 160 pages, 12,99 Euro.

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