It was necessary to send out a strong message, and seek out a new beginning, so to make the Church again truly credible as a light among peoples and as a force in service against the powers of destruction.
Since I myself had served in a position of responsibility as shepherd of the Church at the time of the public outbreak of the crisis, and during the run-up to it, I had to ask myself – even though, as emeritus, I am no longer directly responsible – what I could contribute to a new beginning.
Until the Second Vatican Council, Catholic moral theology was largely founded on natural law, while Sacred Scripture was only cited for background or substantiation.
In the Council’s struggle for a new understanding of Revelation, the natural law option was largely abandoned, and a moral theology based entirely on the Bible was demanded.
Having contacted the Secretary of State, Cardinal [Pietro] Parolin and the Holy Father [Pope Francis] himself, it seemed appropriate to publish this text in the Klerusblatt [ a monthly periodical for clergy in mostly Bavarian dioceses].
In the first part, I aim to present briefly the wider social context of the question, without which the problem cannot be understood.That is why sex films were no longer allowed on airplanes because violence would break out among the small community of passengers.And since the clothing of that time equally provoked aggression, school principals also made attempts at introducing school uniforms with a view to facilitating a climate of learning.Catholic News Agency has provided a full English translation of the original German text, that was originally in German for a Bavarian publication for clergy: *** On February 21 to 24, at the invitation of Pope Francis, the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences gathered at the Vatican to discuss the current crisis of the faith and of the Church; a crisis experienced throughout the world after shocking revelations of clerical abuse perpetrated against minors.The extent and gravity of the reported incidents has deeply distressed priests as well as laity, and has caused more than a few to call into question the very Faith of the Church.The associations are expressed as odds ratios: for example, women who experienced nonge by Wikipedia.Licensed under Public domain" data-lightbox="media-gallery-1567825324"If you think it isn't a big problem and it won't affect you or someone you love then you're wrong.I have always wondered how young people in this situation could approach the priesthood and accept it, with all its ramifications.The extensive collapse of the next generation of priests in those years and the very high number of laicizations were a consequence of all these developments.What at first was only intended for the sexual education of young people consequently was widely accepted as a feasible option.Similar effects were achieved by the “Sexkoffer” published by the Austrian government [A controversial ‘suitcase’ of sex education materials used in Austrian schools in the late 1980s].