“Taking a louder and bolder stand”

Archbishop Georg Ganswein sees the state and the Catholic Church at a "crossroads" with regard to the understanding of human dignity. Church and state would speak today of something else, if they quoted article one of the Basic Law.

The prefect of the Papal Household and private secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. On Tuesday evening, she blamed this on the jurisdiction of the Federal Constitutional Court, among other things. In recent years, she said, the court has dealt with "accidental," i.e., non-essential, ies of being human and has, for example, put homosexual couples on an equal footing with opposite-sex couples.

From a legal perspective, Ganswein expressed some understanding for this, as well as for rulings of the Federal Labor Court on ecclesiastical labor law. Nevertheless, such differences could not and should not be glossed over. Ganswein repeatedly quoted Joseph Ratzinger's 2011 address as Pope Benedict XVI at the annual reception of the Church and Law Foyer. during his visit to Germany, and criticized the fact that natural law is now regarded as a special Catholic doctrine. Ganswein, on the other hand, considers the Basic Law to be open to natural law.

Ganswein: Christians must be more courageous in presenting their own positions

Ganswein called on Christians to take a louder and bolder stand again. They would have to find back to their salvation order. While churches do great things in their charitable work, the church should not become even more charitable or more adapted to the spirit of the times; rather, it is about the message of eternal life, the archbishop said.

The Archbishop of Freiburg, Stephan Burger, said at the event that the "European peace project" of the EU is today exposed to massive attacks and must be defended against nationalists. The fact that there is currently peace, freedom and prosperity in Germany is also thanks to the interception of the Federal Republic, Burger said. For this reason, it was gratifying to see the "undivided sympathy" with which the population celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of May. The country has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Fundamental Law.

Guests at the event included the President of the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH), Bettina Limperg, judges of the Federal Prosecution Court and the BGH, as well as representatives of the Office of the Attorney General and lawyers at the BGH. The ecumenically supported Foyer organizes events about four times a year on legal, political, philosophical and theological ies. Highlight of the work is the annual reception.

The Foyer is financed by the Archdiocese of Freiburg and the Regional Church of Baden in agreement with the Catholic German Bishops' Conference and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD).

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