It is the highest papal order of merit for lay people: the Order of Gregory. Founded in 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI., he is awarded for special commitment of lay people in the Church, politics, society and the family. The Cologne theologian and psychiatrist Manfred Lutz has now received this honor.
Cologne Archbishop Joachim Cardinal Meisner presented the medal insignia on Wednesday (13.10.2010) in the archbishop's house.
The chief physician of the Alexian Hospital in Cologne is honored above all for his commitment in the Pontifical Council for the Laity, in the board of directors of the Pontifical Academy for Life and as an advisor to the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy.
Born in Bonn, Lutz has headed the Alexian Hospital since 1997 and is a lecturer at several academies and institutes. He is co-editor of an international study on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
The bestselling author
As a bestselling author, he became known to a wide audience, for example with the books "Irre! We are treating the wrong people" (2009), "God! A short history of the greatest" (2007) and "LebensLust. Wider die Diat-Sadisten, den Gesundheitswahn und den Fitness-Kult" (2002).
In 1981, he founded the integrative group "Brucke-Krucke" in Bonn, which currently has around 200 disabled and non-disabled members.