Feb 22, 2006 / 22:00 pm
Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller has decided not to finance anymore the Central Committee of German Catholics, an organization which is nearing closer to movements which contemplate the Church as a “power fortress,” in need of reform and democratization.
The working group of Catholics of Frankfurt am Main, the Union for the Associations of the faithful to the Pope is asking other bishops to follow the trend set by the Bishop of Ratisbonne and denounces the Central Committee, which has become ‘an instrument for the self-destruction of Catholicism”
A simple internal reform in the diocese of Ratisbon, in Bavaria, Germany is set to mark a deep trend in the Church in Germany. Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a bishop linked to Faculty of Theology of San Damaso in Madrid, has suppressed the Diocesan council of Lay people and thirty-three other organizations, a decision approved by the Vatican, and interpreted as a means to “debureaucratize” the Church and strengthen the missionary roots of the Church as asked by former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, today Benedict XVI.
The news was confirmed by Fr Michael Fuchs to Radio Vatican and he affirmed that what triggered the process was “the constant severe charges of the Central Committee, through its President and the Assembly General.” Fuchs resents the fact that this has been a “straightforward reaction (to these declarations), but rather the consequence of year long talks.