Top German Bishop Calls For End to Homophobic, Sexist Teachings

German Church calls for genuine respect and sensitivity

James Finn
Jan 6 · 6 min read
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Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, head of the German Bishops Conference, in a YouTube video welcoming a new bishop to Augsburg.

The Catholic Church is rife with discrimination against LGBTQ people. But the clergy say such discrimination is not “unjust.”

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, a self-described conservative, has been voicing the displeasure of the German church since he was appointed head of the German Bishops Conference last April. He joins a number of other senior clergy, including his immediate predecessor, who say they are increasingly frustrated with Church policies and teachings they say are out of step with modern theology and destructive to the spirituality of Catholic people and the institutional health of the Catholic Church.

The harsh moral condemnation of the Catechism —

The impossible-to-reconcile words of sensitivity and respect —

Catholic leaders ceaselessly discriminate against LGBTQ people

The German Church agrees that change is long overdue

It’s gratifying to see a powerful leader observe the impossible contradictions of the Catechism and observe that it (along with other anti-LGBTQ teachings) is irreparably flawed and must change.

Bätzing puts it this way:

“Here the statement of the Catechism is first of all that these people are to be met with esteem and respect. But every single sexual act is seen as evidence of a disordered sexual life. This is something that many people no longer want or can understand.”

Vatican refuses to discuss reform with German Church leaders

The German Church has been involved in a Synodal Path to reach consensus on what leaders see as critically necessary reform. Scheduled to run for two years, the Synodal Path is debating issues of clerical power, sexual morality, priestly life and the role of women, with the goal of restoring trust lost in the clergy abuse scandal that has resulting in a precipitous decline in Church attendance and membership.

The German Catholic Church gets it

Women are equal to men and must stand beside men in every capacity as human beings and leaders, barred from no societal roles, including religious ones. LGBTQ people are as morally upright as any other human being, even or especially when we commit ourselves to loving, sexually intimate relationships.

Now it’s time for Catholics of good will everywhere to stand with the German Church and insist the Vatican change teachings that hurt people.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

James Finn - The Blog

Collected Writings. Stories and ramblings from a long-time LGBTQ thinker and activist.

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