CNA Staff, May 28, 2020 / 15:32 pm America/Denver (CNA).
An auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Cologne has announced he is no longer participating in the "Synodal Forum" on sexuality that is part of the "Synodal Path" underway in Germany.
Bishop Dominikus Schwaderlapp told the newspaper Die Tagespost on May 28 that the forum was trying to cast into doubt fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church on sexual morality by referring to sexuality as "polyvalent.”
The forum's final working paper was operating on the assumption that the teachings of the Church on sexual morality required "further development," the bishop said, adding that such an approach did not do justice to the Catholic view of the "divine gift of sexuality."
Schwaderlapp told CNA Deutsch, CNA's German-language partner agency, that whilst he was withdrawing from the Synodal Forum, officially titled "Life in Successful Relationships," he still would be a participant in the "Synodal Process."
"Over the last 50 years in particular, the magisterium of the Church has produced precise statements on questions of sexual morality. In doing so it has deepened and developed the teaching of the Church.”