A “clear difference

A 'clear difference

Archbishop Heiner Koch © dpa

The Catholic bishops oppose SPD plans for “marriage for all”. “The bishops are against opening up marriage to same-sex partnerships,” Berlin Archbishop Heiner Koch said Monday.

The family bishop told the Catholic News Agency (KNA) on the sidelines of the spring plenary meeting of the German Bishops' Conference in Bergisch-Gladbach: “The bishops share the constitutional concerns that are presented against a simple legal introduction of marriage for all.”

For the bishops, there is a clear difference between marriage and registered civil partnership, Koch explained. Unlike marriage, registered civil partnership cannot produce children on its own, they say. “In this sense, Pope Francis also stated in his post-synodal exhortation 'Amoris laetitia' that partnerships of persons of the same sex cannot simply be equated with marriage, because they are closed to the transmission of life, which secures the future of society.”

The SPD had announced on Sunday that it wanted to introduce “marriage for all” before the federal election in September. The topic is to be on the agenda of the next coalition committee. SPD, Greens and Left are in favor of equality. In the CDU there are different opinions.

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