As of Jan. 5, the manifesto, published in 11 languages, has attracted the support of 5,832 signatories from Germany and other European countries.
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The ruling was welcomed by Pavica Vojnović, a pro-life leader currently appealing against a ban on prayer vigils outside the Pro Familia advice center in Pforzheim, a city in the state of Baden-Württemberg.
The independent abuse investigation cost Germany’s largest — and reportedly also its richest — diocese around 2.8 million euros ($3.2 million) between 2019 and 2021.
In most other European countries, the faithful are not facing similar restrictions.
The most frequent head of state to visit Pope Francis during his pontificate, Merkel and Francis both have a high regard for each other and agree on a number of political issues.
In his latest challenge to Rome’s authority, the president of the German bishops conference is publicly rejecting recent Vatican instructions regarding this issue.
Pressure Intensifies on Catholic Church to Change Teaching That Homosexuality Is ‘Intrinsically Disordered’
According to analysts, the continuing push to remove this phrasing from the Catechism of the Catholic Church is rooted in a broader campaign to legitimize homosexual acts.
Bishop Munilla stressed that “there is an understandable concern in the People of God,” noting that as the synod in Germany plays out, there has been “a palpable lack of unity regarding the faith of the Catholic Church.”