Population aging and the Church’s response to it will be the focus of a one-day workshop at the upcoming plenary assembly of the German bishops.
The assembly of the German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) will take place in Freiburg February 22-25.
The workshop, titled “The aging of society as a challenge for the Church,” will analyze the consequences of demographic change. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg im Breisgau, the DBK President, will attend the workshop with Peter Neher, President of Caritas Germany, and other bishops and experts.
Population decline is projected to seriously affect the sustainability of many countries because it reduces the economic and tax bases of nations.
Other topics at the assembly include the deployment of German troops in Afghanistan, pastoral care for vocations, assistance to the population in Haiti, and the treatment of sex abuse cases.