Cardinal says German Church ‘heading in wrong direction’

Cardinal George Pell (CNA/Daniel Ibanez)

Cardinal George Pell says the situation of the Church in Germany appears “ominous”, underlining that the German bishops must fulfil their duty to uphold the teachings of Scripture. Source: CNA

“I think that there is a percentage of the German Church that seems to be resolutely heading in the wrong direction,” Pell said in an interview with Colm Flynn that aired on EWTN yesterday.

“By that, I mean it is quite clear that a liberalised Christianity, whether it is a liberalised Catholicism or Protestantism, in a generation or so merges into agnosticism … If you adopt the policies of the world and just go along so that they approve, nobody is going to be interested in that.”

Cardinal Pell’s comments come as members of the Church in Germany are planning on May 10 to hold a day of blessings for same-sex partners, despite the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s declaration that the Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions.

Cardinal Pell said: “The duty of the German bishops is to uphold the teachings of Scripture, to uphold the teachings of the Church. We stand under those teachings. They’ve got no power to change them – none of us do.”

The cardinal added that all leaders in the Church must decide whether or not to speak up about Church teachings at times when that message may be unpopular.

“You have all sorts of voices who are trying to crowd us out of the public square and saying we shouldn’t be doing this and that. Well, one of the things I am saying now and to all my successors is: We just have to keep talking,” he said.

“And our society will be deeply diminished to the extent it moves radically away from the Christian teachings on love and service and forgiveness.”


Cardinal Pell: ‘The duty of the German bishops is to uphold the teachings of Scripture’ (By Courtney Mares, CNA)

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