Munich, Germany, Feb 7, 2018 / 12:15 pm
The spokesman of Cardinal Marx at the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising has contacted CNA with a request for correction of our translation of the interview in question, expressing concern that CNA's translation constitutes a false reference and does not properly reflect the position of Cardinal Marx.
CNA has agreed to publish the relevant passage from the translation that the office of Cardinal Marx has provided as part of this correction. It reads as follows:
Karin Wendlinger: So you really can imagine that there might be a way to bless homosexual couples in the Catholic Church?
Cardinal Marx: There are no general solutions and I think that would not be right, because we are talking about pastoral care for individual cases, and that applies to other areas as well, which we cannot regulate, where we have no sets of rules.
The president of the German Bishops’ Conference has said that, in his view, "there are no general solutions" regarding the blessing of homosexual couples, saying the matter should be left to "the pastor on the ground," and the "particular, individual case at hand."
Cardinal Reinhard Marx told the Bavarian State Broadcasting’s radio service that “we are talking about pastoral care for individual cases, and that applies to other areas as well, which we cannot regulate, where we have no sets of rules."
Speaking on Feb. 3, on the occasion of his 10th anniversary as Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Marx was asked, according to a transcription of the interview provided by the Archdiocese of Munich and Friesing, "why do we see little or no movement" with regard to the blessing of homosexual couples, the ordination of female deacons, or the "abolition of compulsory [priestly] celibacy."