Updated February 22, 2021 at 10:07 a.m.
- The reform initiative Maria 2.0 denounces the adherence of the Catholic Church to traditional rules and traditions.
- Also with regard to the clarification of sexual abuse within the church, she steals from her responsibility.
The morality behind it is “alien to life and discriminatory”.
The Catholic reform initiative Maria 2.0 took an example from Martin Luther and hung theses on church doors in several places in Germany on Sunday.
The y fight against sexual abuse, abuse of power, compulsory celibacy and for a more open sexual morality.
The Catholic Church systematically disadvantages women”
“Today human rights and the Basic Law guarantee all people the same rights – only the Catholic Church ignores that”, criticizes Maria 2.0. Women are systematically disadvantaged by denying them the priesthood.
The initiative also insists on persecuting and combating sexual violence. Unfortunately, at the moment the following applies: “Church leaders keep information on such violent crimes under lock and key and avoid responsibility.”
Maria 2.0 takes the view that Catholic sexual morality is “alien to life and discriminatory”. It is not based on the Christian image of man and is no longer taken seriously by the majority of believers – that must change. “Our church is colorful,” the women make clear.
The stumbling block is said to be a protest by women’s rights activists against the reluctance to issue an abuse report by Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki from Cologne.
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The reformers see their work confirmed after reports of an observation by the Vatican. “This is an accolade,” said the co-founder of the movement, Lisa Kötter from Münster. “It shows that we hit a nerve.”
Lisa Kötter: “Martin Luther did not split the church”
The church split is always a ghost that is built up when critics deal with us,” said Kötter shortly before the action. “It is always said that Luther split the church, but that’s not true. Things that have frozen are split up. You cannot split elastic things.”
The spokesman for the German Bishops’ Conference, Matthias Kopp, said he understood the unrest that many believers felt in the church. “We know that changes are needed. That is why the German Bishops’ Conference launched the Synodal Way.”
The Synodal Way is a reform process that deals, among other things, with Catholic sexual morality and the position of women in the Church.
“Protest is certainly a legitimate means,” said Kopp. “But we cannot change the church overnight, we have to do it in a good and trusting dialogue.” This also includes the conversation with the Vatican.
The Church in Germany will not go a separate way without Rome when it comes to questions of world-church relevance. (dpa / hau)