Munich, Germany, Dec 12, 2019 / 14:10 pm
The German bishops' conference has committed to "newly assessing" the universal Church's teaching on homosexuality, sexual morality in general, as well as the sacraments of ordination and marriage. The commitment comes at the beginning of a controversial two-year "Synodal Process" by the German hierarchy.
Following consultations in Berlin last week, the chairman of the Marriage and Family Commission of the German bishops' conference declared that the bishops agreed that homosexuality is a "normal form" of human sexual identity.
"The sexual preference of man expresses itself in puberty and assumes a hetero- or homosexual orientation," Berlin's Archbishop Heiner Koch asserted in a statement released by the bishops' conference.
"Both belong to the normal forms of sexual predisposition, which cannot or should be be changed with the help of a specific socialization".