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German bishops’ leader presses Pope for changes in Church teaching

May 24, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: The chairman of the German bishops’ conference has expressed disappointment that Pope Francis has not endorsed changes in Church teaching on homosexuality and women’s ordination, but allowed that the Pontiff is “doing what he can.”

Bishop Georg Bätzing said that the Church’s doctrine must change, and praised the Pope for “initiating a process where all these questions are put on the table.”

In a May 22 interview, Bishop Bätzing said that he would consider leaving the Catholic Church—as did another prominent German cleric, Father Andreas Sturm—if he “got the impression that nothing would ever change.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 24, 2022 7:56 PM ET USA

    The surest way to destroy Christianity is to deny its moral underpinnings. For without practical actions, Christianity is nothing more than another theory. Christ and His disciples taught that even though faith is a necessary requisite for justification, God's final judgment hinges on deeds. "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven." Bishop Batzing evidently thinks moral teaching is merely prudential.