CNA Staff, Jun 3, 2020 / 12:31 pm
The president of the German bishops' conference has called for a synod in Rome that would discuss resolutions of the German "synodal process" at the level of the universal Church.
"What arises synodally must also be clarified and answered synodally," Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg said, explaining he was "very much in favour of transporting to Rome, to the level of the whole Church, the insights and decisions that we garner from the Synodal Process - also with regard to [the role of] women and ecclesial ministry."
In an interview with the magazine "Publik-Forum" published May 27, the bishop reiterated his support for the "Synodal Process" currently underway in Germany, and for resolutions providing for "coalitions that set changes."
Bätzing, 59, who succeeded Cardinal Reinhard Marx as president of the German bishops' conference in March, also said he had "concrete ideas about what can be achieved in the Forums" of the process.
Resolutions of the synod could include the introduction of a Church blessing for homosexual couples, according to Bätzing. The bishop said that "quite a few suffer from the fact that their relationship does not receive full Church recognition", adding that those affected were waiting for a positive "signal" from the Church and warned that in his view, the magisterium of the Church, as currently proclaimed, was perceived by people as one of "prohibitive morals."
Pope Francis has repeatedly emphasized that the Church’s teaching regarding the morality of homosexuality is a matter of doctrine that cannot change.
In 2003, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith explained that “The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions.”
Despite those things, Bätzing said that in his view "time is running out for us," and stressed an urgent need for "changes."