.- In an in interview on the preparations for World Youth Day, the hosting archbishop, Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, said the event is a gathering for young people, not for âthe people of yesterdayâ such as dissident theologians Eugen Drewermann or Hans KÃ¼ng.
In an interview granted to the Bonn newspaper General-Anzeiger, Cardinal Meisner noted that Hans KÃ¼ng and Eugen Drewermann are not welcome at the event. âThe entire event is oriented to be an encounter for young people and not for âseniorsâ,â he said.
âThere is nothing for them (KÃ¼ng and Drewermann) here, as young people are not interested in the silliness they fostered for so long. We donât need any Drewermann or KÃ¼ng or anything else stale at WYD,â Cardinal Meisner added.
Both Drewermann and KÃ¼ng have criticized WYD, calling it âtriumphalism,â and a dissident group has hinted it might bring both theologians to a parallel event.
Cardinal Meisner also noted that the gathering in Cologne âwill be the first to have the special presence of two Popes, one from above, and the other from here below in the world.â âI desire that all those who arrive here return home happier than when they came, and that we here are all happier and more satisfied afterwards than when we welcomed them in,â he said.