CNA Staff, Oct 25, 2020 / 13:30 pm
Benedict XVI has distanced himself from a Catholic community with which he had maintained close ties for decades.
The German magazine “Herder Korrespondenz” reported Oct. 25 that the Pope Emeritus had taken the step regarding the Catholic Integrated Community.
Referring to the group by its German initials, IG, Benedict told the publication: “Obviously I was not informed about some things in the inner life of the IG, or even deceived, which I regret.”
He had given the group ecclesiastical recognition during his time as archbishop of Munich and Freising, from 1977 to 1982.
CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner, reported that Benedict also said: “At first I did not realize that in the attempt to shape the things of daily life integrally from faith, terrible distortions of faith were also possible.”
"I deeply regret that this gave the impression that all activities of the community had been approved by the archbishop.”
The Catholic Integrated Community, founded in 1948, was intended to be, according to its own description, “a place for an enlightened and unabridged Christianity.”
The community achieved ecclesiastic recognition in 1978 by the archbishops of Paderborn and Munich -- Johannes Degenhardt and Joseph Ratzinger respectively -- and in 1986 it was established as a public association of the Christian faithful under Church law.