Papal Visit to Germany

On the eve of Pope Benedict's German trip, Vienna's Cardinal Schönborn warns of "serious conflict" if "Declaration of Disobedience" signed by 300 priests seeking church reform is pursued: Link here

The International English version of the German newspaper Der Spiegel link here gives its slant on German opinion of the prevailing Germanic mood ahead of the Pope's visit.

Cardinal Schonborn's website is here

Last year, Cardinal Schonborn criticised of one of the most senior cardinals in the Vatican, saying that Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, “deeply wronged” the victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy when he dismissed media reports of the scandal.

He has also said the Roman Curia was “urgently in need of reform”, and that lasting gay relationships deserved respect.
He also believes that the Church needs to reconsider its position on re-married divorcees.

On Easter Day, 2010, Cardinal Sodano called the mounting reports of clerical sex abuse “petty gossip”. This had “deeply wronged the victims”, Cardinal Schönborn said, and he recalled that it was Cardinal Sodano who had prevented Joseph Ratzinger, then a cardinal, from investigating allegations of abuse made against Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, the previous Archbishop of Vienna, who resigned in disgrace in 1995.

Questioned on the Church’s attitude to homosexuals, the cardinal said: “We should give more consideration to the quality of homosexual relationships,” adding: “A stable relationship is certainly better than if someonechooses to be promiscuous.


The cardinal also said the Church needed to reconsider its view of re-married divorcees “as many people don’t even marry at all any longer”.

The primary thing to consider should not be the sin, but people’s striving to live according to the commandments, he said. Instead of a morality based on duty, we should work towards a morality based on happiness, he continued.

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