German bishops © Frank Rumpenhorst
The spring plenary meeting of the German Bishops' Conference will only take place digitally this year because of the Corona pandemic. Among other things, the focus will be on a study day on leaving and remaining in the church.
This was announced by the Bishops' Conference in Bonn on Tuesday. At the conference of 23. to the 25. February to discuss "future-oriented perspectives and opportunities of a member orientation". Other topics include the current status of the Synodal Way reform project, the debate on assisted suicide and how to deal with the controversial vote of the Ecumenical Working Group "Together at the Lord's Table" on the Lord's Supper and Eucharist.
Consequences of the MHG study
Other focal points include clarification and reappraisal as well as the consequences of the study "Sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, deacons and male religious in the area of the German Bishops' Conference" (MHG study).
This complex of topics also includes a current report on dealing with spiritual abuse, it was said. In addition, the election of the secretary of the German Bishops' Conference in succession to Father Hans Langendorfer is planned.
Guest from Bolivia
The online conference will be attended by 68 members of the German Bishops' Conference, led by its chairman, Bishop Georg Batzing. The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, and the President of the Bolivian Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Ricardo Ernesto Centella Guzman, will speak on the first conference day.