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Frankfurt / M. (Dpa) – The German Catholics will finish their second synodal assembly on the reform of the church in Frankfurt am Main on Saturday (graduation Pk 1600). For three days the 230 members discussed at the Frankfurt fair how the church can be renewed after the abuse scandal. The four subject areas are the position of women in the church, Catholic sexual morality, the use of power and the priestly celibacy.
Critically noted, among other things, that with the 69 German bishops it was not at all clear on several occasions how they would stand on the reforms sought. A two-thirds majority of the bishops is required to pass resolutions – and even then the reforms would not be binding. Several warnings of far-reaching reform decisions had recently come from the Vatican. Several lay representatives therefore warned in the assembly against “scissors in the head”, dying in advance obedience and reducing all suggestions to the lowest possible common denominator.
The next Synodal Assembly is to take place in February, the fourth and last in September.
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