You will have to open up and enter into a real dialogue.

You will have to open up and enter into a real dialogue.

The survey does not touch dogmas either. Rather, it is about value positions in moral teaching that have constantly changed throughout the history of the Church – and will continue to change. It’s about doing justice to the reality of life.

Doctrine of faith cannot be practiced bypassing this reality. That is hopeless. So more weight is given to votes from the grassroots. One should trust that the baptized believers have more life experience in this area than the Pope and all bishops and priests combined. That means: The assessment of the believers should not be suspected of succumbing to carelessness. These are people who make a living, who have families, raise children, go through life experiences and really strive to live up to the ideals in all of this.

In this particular topic, I would therefore place great emphasis on the voice of the layperson. That is the basic and core competence of the baptized! Here, for once, the consecrated and celibate should hear more than talk. I do not know whether this will succeed at the Synod. But it would have to succeed if the survey is really going to produce anything.

Because here something can be picked up at the base of the church that is important for the whole church. “Above” should listen to “below”? Listening sounds too arrogant – just like the teaching profession has so far come about: You just have a few questions answered. No! You will have to open up and enter into a real dialogue. The dignity and life experience of believers will have to be taken seriously and respected. This gracious, majestic listening from monarchs to subjects – that would not be enough. Now, Francis will soon be Pope for one year, and is celebrated by many as a reformer.

Helmut Schüller is a pastor in a congregation near Vienna and chairman (chairman) of the Austrian pastors’ initiative. (Photo: private) He has sent out great signals, but these have not yet materialized in system changes. There are several possibilities: Either he does not want it himself, or he wants it and he sees no way of implementing it, or he is prevented from doing so. To date, all possible interpretations are still open because something speaks for everyone.

Even after a year now, things are by no means as clear as they first appeared. It is quite conceivable that the Pope will remain alone with his ideas that the Vatican system will assert itself and that the division between the everyday church at the base of societies and the world church leadership will therefore remain intact. That would be the somewhat pessimistic sounding – but not completely ruled out – option. And the optimistic one, which would be that it takes a considerable amount of time before everything can be implemented and that you therefore have to be patient. Things are still open. But skepticism is mixed in as to whether the standstill could also be due to the fact that the Pope cannot implement it on his own, and that the bishops’ conferences and the bishops still do not support him enough with regard to the system.

As far as I can tell the bishops are waiting to see how it turns out – only to then decide. And of course that would be a disaster. What are your expectations? Above all, we also expect concrete steps for the future of the parishes, for example opening the priesthood to married couples and women. In the meantime, the lay people need to be given strong competencies to sustain the life of the communities. That is our very urgent wish that we have for this Pope. He always speaks of “closeness to people” and that one should “go to people”.

  However, the church is de facto moving further and further away from the people at the grassroots. This is a blatant contradiction that can only be resolved if the communities are given the opportunity to go on living and to go to the people. Source:, Fabian Maysenhölder spoke with Helmut Schüller “Nazis hang signs on shops that give orders not to buy from Jewish traders. (Photo: picture-alliance / dpa) One of the darkest chapters in German history showed its ugly grimace 75 years ago: all over Germany, Jew-haters set fire to synagogues and many other houses and dragged Jews to concentration camps – even today Anti-Semitism is still widespread. Federal President Joachim Gauck and the General Secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Stephan J. Kramer. (Photo: dpa) 75 years ago synagogues and other buildings of Jews burned in Germany.

In memory of these anti-Semitic pogroms by the National Socialists, Federal President Joachim Gauck called for greater cohesion in society. People should not be divided into valuable and less valuable people, he said on Saturday in Eberswalde in Brandenburg. “We want to be a country that is open.” In many other cities in Germany, too, people remembered the pogrom night 75 years ago: On the night of November 9-10, 1938, the National Socialists destroyed a large part of the more than 1200 synagogues and Jewish houses of prayer in Germany.

Thousands of other Jewish establishments and businesses were vandalized and looted. According to historians, more than 1,300 people were killed and more than 30,000 Jews deported to concentration camps in the wave of terrorism. The pogrom night is regarded as the prelude to the systematic annihilation of the Jewish population. Günther Jauch lends a hand himself and helps clean the stumbling blocks. (Photo: dpa) The Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Stephan Kramer, reminded that right-wing populists are growing in Europe Would have influx. “It’s gotten cold in our company,” he said.

Kramer called on the politicians not to let up in their actions. “What is needed is an asylum law that deserves its name.” In Berlin, the governing mayor Klaus Wowereit, the Protestant regional bishop Markus Dröge and the Catholic archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki commemorated the victims of National Socialism. They walked in a silent march to the site of the synagogue in Berlin-Mitte. The building was set on fire on November 9, 1938 by the National Socialists. In their greetings, Wowereit and the bishops warned against anti-Semitism and racism. Celebrities such as the moderator Günther Jauch (57) and the singer Max Raabe (50) paid tribute to the “stumbling blocks” in the city with a special event.

These small brass plates embedded in the floor are reminiscent of individual Nazi victims. “A very wonderful project,” said Jauch about the small memorial plaques. “That is the good thing about these stones: No matter who comes by, no matter when you come by, they are always there and always tell of Jewish life in Germany and tell of the great crime that was committed back then, “said Jauch. He reached for cleaning supplies and rags. Source:, jtw / dpa “For Gerhard Ludwig Müller it was only a matter of time before he was promoted to cardinal. (Photo: dpa) The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is solemnly cardinal The resigned Pope Benedict XVI attends the ceremony and thus appears in public for the first time in over a year. The resigned Benedict XVI is warmly welcomed. (Photo: REUTERS) The German Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller is now also a cardinal. Pope Francis raised the 66-year-old Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the rank of purple in a solemn consistory in St. Peter’s Basilica. Surprisingly, Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned a year ago, also appeared at the invitation of his successor to the cardinal meeting. Francis embraced Benedict, who appeared again in public for the first time and took off his white skullcap when he was greeted.

In the cathedral there was applause for Joseph Ratzinger, who otherwise lives in seclusion in the Vatican. During the ceremony, Francis put the red hat on Müller, presented him with the cardinal’s ring and traditionally made him the patron of a titular church in Rome. For Francis, elected a year ago, it was the first full assembly of cardinals as Pope. With Müller, there are now ten German cardinals on this advisory body that votes on an election for the Pope. The German Bishops’ Conference congratulated Müller on the award. A total of 19 archbishops became cardinals, 18 were present.

On Sunday the Pope wants to celebrate Mass with the cardinals. “The Church needs you”, Francis called on his purple bearers to have courage and show sympathy, especially in the face of the suffering in many countries and the persecution of Christians. “The Church also needs us so that we can be men of peace and make peace,” he said emphatically. Francis prayed for the peace of the peoples “who are afflicted by violence and war.” The Pope also continued a tradition of his predecessors at the consistory: 16 of the new cardinals are possible papal voters – but the Pope also raised three other deserving ecclesiastics the cardinals, which are more than 80 years old. You could not vote in a possible papal election.

There are now a total of 218 cardinals, 122 of them Pope voters. For Müller, the former bishop of Regensburg from Mainz who has been one of the successors of Joseph Ratzinger as prefect of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican, the appointment of cardinals was a matter of time . State Secretary Pietro Parolin, appointed by Francis, was promoted to the board of papal advisers, and Müller’s German college among the purple bearers included Joachim Meisner from Cologne, Karl Lehmann from Mainz, Reinhard Marx from the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, his predecessor Friedrich Wetter and Rainer from Berlin Maria Woelki. There are also the Roman cardinals of the Curia, Walter Kasper, Paul-Josef Cordes, Walter Brandmüller and P. Karl Becker. Source:, dpa “Gerhard Ludwig Müller is considered a hardliner among the German bishops. (Photo: dpa) Together with 18 other archbishops Pope Francis will elevate the German Gerhard Ludwig Müller to the cardinal status. He will be allowed to vote in future papal elections. The decision of the shepherd came as no surprise. Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Archbishop and Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was elevated to the cardinal status.

Müller is among the 19 archbishops that Pope Francis wants to make cardinals at a consistory on February 22nd. The Pope announced at the end of the Angelus prayer that the new cardinals came from twelve countries and all parts of the world. Francis is also continuing a tradition of his predecessors: 16 of the new cardinals are possible papal voters – but Francis also elevates three other merited churchmen to the cardinal status who are more than 80 years old. For the 66-year-old Müller, who has been one of Joseph Ratzinger’s successors as prefect of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican, the appointment as a purple bearer was only a matter of time. The new State Secretary Pietro Parolin, who was appointed by Francis last year, also joins the body of the Pope’s most important advisors.

Müller is considered a hardliner among German bishops. The 66-year-old rejects fundamental reforms in the Catholic Church. He adheres strictly to the official line of the official church. Müller is strictly against women in the priesthood and against a relaxation of celibacy. The chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, congratulated the new German purple bearer. “Your elevation to the rank of cardinal certainly has its first point of reference in your high office as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” he wrote. “But it is also a personal award with which your work as a theologian is recognized.” Zollitsch recalled Müller’s more than 400 scientific publications on theology. With Müller there will be nine German cardinals in the future. The colloquium of the purple bearers included Joachim Meisner from Cologne, Karl Lehmann from Mainz, Reinhard Marx from the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, and Rainer Maria Woelki from Berlin.

There are also the Roman Curia Cardinals Walter Kasper, Paul-Josef Cordes, Walter Brandmüller and P. Karl Becker, three of the new cardinals come from Latin America, the home continent of the Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio. The Archbishop of Westminister Vincent Nichols is also named cardinal. Source:, fma / dpa “A lot of work awaits the newcomer. (Photo: dpa) Who should be the new” face “of the Catholic Church in Germany? some are traded, but a favorite cannot be identified.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch preached at the opening of the General Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference on Monday that the Catholic Church must be a church by the side of the seeker. And the 64 bishops and auxiliary bishops gathered in Münster are actually on the lookout: Because it is completely open who they will ultimately elect from among their number to be the new chairman: candidates to succeed the 75-year-old Archbishop of Freiburg, who is leaving after six years for reasons of age , some are named. A favorite for the post, which is of particular importance in German Catholicism, cannot be identified: Marx, Woelki and Bode (Photo: dpa – Bildfunk) Several candidates are in discussion, for example Cardinal Reinhard Marx. The Archbishop of Munich and Freising has weight in the Church, for him Catholic social teaching is “part of the proclamation”.

His hands-on manner does not suit all of his fellow ministers, nor does his baroque appearance. The 60-year-old Marx also has a problem: time. Because he advises Pope Francis on the reform of the Curia, heads the Economic Council newly created by the Pope in the Vatican and the European Commission of Bishops’ Conferences. In this respect, his choice does not seem very likely. Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has had a steep career so far.

The 57-year-old was not appointed archbishop until 2011, when he was already elected the Pope as a cardinal. The Archbishop of Berlin, a foster son of the conservative Cologne Cardinal Meisner, who left office a few days ago, has earned a lot of respect in the multicultural capital. He lives in the working-class district of Wedding and promotes tolerance in dealing with homosexuals. Osnabrück Bishop Franz Josef Bode has many observers on the slip.

With more than 18 years in office, the 63-year-old is one of the longest serving bishops, heads the faith commission of the bishops’ conference and has a lot of experience.