Wednesday, March 05, 2014

German Catholic bishop defies Rome on doctrine

The responses to the Vatican questionnaire on the family are a clear signal that certain changes concerning the church’s teaching on sexual morality are imperative, according to Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier, Germany.

Interviewed by the Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz, Ackermann, 50, said the responses showed “quite clearly” that for the majority of the faithful the church’s teaching on moral sexuality was “repressive” and “remote from life.” Declaring a second marriage after a divorce a perpetual mortal sin, and under no circumstances allowing remarried divorced people ever to receive the Sacraments, was not helpful, he said and added, “We bishops will have to make suggestions here. We must strengthen people’s sense of responsibility and then respect their decisions of conscience.”
It was also no longer tenable to declare that every kind of cohabitation before marriage was a grievous sin, and “the difference between natural and artificial birth control is somehow artificial. No one understands it I fear,” Ackermann said.

As far as homosexual relationships were concerned, the church would have to appeal to people’s sense of responsibility, he continued. “The Christian concept of the human being emanates from the polarity of the sexes but we cannot simply say homosexuality is unnatural,” he explained. While the church must “hold fast” to the uniqueness of marriage between a man and a woman, it could not just ignore registered same-sex unions where the couples had promised to be faithful to and responsible for one another.
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Unknown said...

This is surprising? The VAtican puts out a questionnaire which, even if such were not the intentions, essentially gives the people a say as to what the doctrine of the RCC should be. I'm not suprised that a few bishops would echo what people have been saying for years. TIme for a purge.

Archimandrite Gregory said...

Wow maybe the RCs are really UCCs and don't know it yet. Ah the pitfalls of false ecumenism!

Alan Phipps said...

"gives the people a say as to what the doctrine of the RCC should be"

I have seen the 'questionnaire', and it did nothing of the sort. Rather, it presented the teaching of the Church and asked how well it was being understood and embraced and how it might be better understood.

Fr. Theodore Phillips said...

Perhaps he is campaigning to be elected Presiding Heretic of the Episcopal Church when Dr Katie "Have it your way" Jefferts-Schori's term is up?

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Pope Francis by all appearances is on board with these changes, too.

i asked a bunch of Catholics if they would follow him there, but all I got back was obfuscation and venom.