Signal to the bishops

After the controversial "Thesenanschlag", the Federation of German Catholic Youth has announced that it wants to talk about changes in the church and a new departure in a dialogue with the bishops. Gender justice, participation and spirituality are particularly urgent cornerstones in this context.

This is what it says in a paper entitled "Freedom of the Children of God," which the umbrella organization of Catholic youth organizations adopted at its annual general meeting in Altenberg near Leverkusen this weekend.

"We leave without a ready plan, but with basic attitudes for the Church in the 21. The re-elected BDKJ Federal Chairman Dirk Tanzler emphasized that "we have to enter into a dialogue with the people of the twenty-first century. "Conversely, we expect others to be willing to seriously consider our ideas".

The youth associations also point to their own proven structures: "The use of lay people in the clerical association leadership, our democratic association principles and the good cooperation between women and men show that youth associations live many of the things we wish for the whole church."It is important that there are no taboo subjects in the dialogue, and this also applies to difficult questions that can only be decided at the level of the world church.

Criticism of gender roles
In the key points paper, the BDKJ criticizes a "one-sided role distribution of the sexes". The youth associations therefore want to talk about the access of women to all church offices, as the BDKJ Federal Women's Conference points out in its resolution. "We are committed to ensuring that girls and women can play a greater role in the church with their experiences, convictions and charisms," said Ursula Fehling, BDKJ national president.

Further the BDKJ represents in the debate the opinion that the celibacy must be no obligatory entrance condition for the ordination office. In addition, he considers the active participation of lay people in the election of officials possible.

The BDKJ general assembly is the highest democratic body of the BDKJ. About 100 delegates from all over the Federal Republic take part in it. The BDKJ is the umbrella organization of 17 Catholic youth associations and organizations and thus represents the interests of around
660.000 children and young people.

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