A movement for reform within the German Catholic Church has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could cause reform efforts to stall.
The “Wir sind Kirche” (We are Church) group referred to conservative efforts within the church to slow down the reform process as a “transparent ploy.”
“The reform process must under no circumstances come to a standstill, even if it is delayed due to the coronavirus crisis,” spokesman Christian Weisner said in Munich.
“The renewed attempt by the conservative minority to harm and slow down the entire reform process is a transparent ploy,” he said.
Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of the Regensburg diocese recently accused the “Synodal Path” reform initiative, launched in response to sexual abuse revelations, of “authoritarian unilateralism” after a decision to hold smaller coronavirus-friendly meetings instead of a general assembly.
Though “consultations are becoming more difficult due to hygiene regulations,” Weisner said “the reform process as a whole is not endangered by corona.”
Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)
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