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German bishops to sell publisher that marketed erotic books

November 23, 2011

The German bishops have decided to sell Weltbild, a major publishing house owned by 12 dioceses, amid revelations that the $2.15-billion firm had marketed some 2,500 erotic works.

“We can’t make money all week long with something we condemn from the pulpit on Sunday,” said Cardinal Joachim Meisner.


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  • Posted by: kmbold - Nov. 23, 2011 7:39 PM ET USA

    Be sure, mein bishops, to use all that ill-gotten gain worthily. "The road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops..."

  • Posted by: ColmCille - Nov. 23, 2011 6:53 PM ET USA

    They should close it down. Even if the bishops destroy the books, Wetbild is free to publish more under new ownership. When I converted to Catholicism from my former occult/pagan "religion," I gave all my occult books to other occultists. After, I regretted it and wished I had destroyed them. Although they were already involved in the occult, my actions contributed to their errors and possibly caused more harm to their souls. Evil should be destroyed, not sold or given away.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Nov. 23, 2011 11:45 AM ET USA

    I hope they will be destroying the erotic books rather than selling them together with Weltbild (and have others carry on with distributing them). A lot of women have a habit of pornographic ("erotic") romance novels, and this is harmful and sinful like any other pornography use. The faithful had warned the bishops for a long time, and they did nothing.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Nov. 23, 2011 8:57 AM ET USA

    The most disturbing thing here is that if there were no media spotlight shone on this nothing would have happened. The German Bishops need to ask the question how did this happen and who are responsible?