In an interview with MK-Online, the official news website of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, Father Fuhrmann explained why he went public with his homosexuality.
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The Swiss cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, spoke to EWTN Vatican Bureau Chief Andreas Thonhauser.
Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen explained that the decision to commission lay people — 17 women and one man — for a period of three years was a response to 'a pastorally difficult situation.'
Earlier on Friday, members of the Synodal Assembly backed an appeal to relax the celibacy requirement for priests in the Latin Church, when they endorsed a text on 'the pledge of celibacy in priestly ministry.'
Bishop Oster also raised the question of whether recent attacks on Benedict XVI indicated that the pope emeritus still presents a threat to a specific vision of the Church being advanced in Germany.
Report on Handling of Abuse Cases in Germany’s Munich Archdiocese Faults Benedict XVI, Cardinal Marx
Benedict XVI, who strongly denies cover-up allegations, sent 82 pages of observations to investigators compiling the report.
The German bishops’ conference initially said that the process would end with a series of “binding” votes — raising concerns at the Vatican that the resolutions might challenge the Church’s teaching and discipline.
Pope Francis Confirms Cardinal Woelki in Post After Apostolic Visitation of Germany’s Cologne Archdiocese
The Holy See noted that the Pope and Cardinal Woelki had “a long conversation” last week.