Germany’s Catholic laity is insisting on the implementation of decisions on reforming the Church, following a series of scandals. The laity also called for further reforms.
The President of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), Irma Stetter-Karp, made the call in Munich on Friday.
“All the decisions taken in the course of the Synodal Way conferences since their start in December 2019 should be implemented,’’ Stetter-Karp said on Friday following the conclusion of the series in March.
“I appeal to German bishops, urging all of them to meet their responsibilities.
“The decisions do not go far enough,’’ Stetter-Karp said at the start of the ZdK’s spring general meeting.
Among the reform decisions taken were blessings for homosexual couples and increasing the role of women in sacramental offices.
A synodal committee is also to be established.
The pope has expressed veiled criticism of the Synodal Way.
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Stetter-Karp said that she still saw a Church in which the leading men were cementing their power, blocking developments and deepening the divides between the church and the world’’.
She expressed disappointment at Rome’s refusal to allow baptism by laypeople, saying that she, sometimes, felt “rage’’ at the lack of progress.
Stetter-Karp expressed shock at the outcome of an investigation into alleged abuse in the Freiburg Diocese, saying that the probe had not gone far enough.
“The fact that certain dioceses still did not want to hold probes into sexual violence sounded like mockery.
“This Church must find an end to the absolutist power system,’’ she said.
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