PADERBORN, GERMANY — (12-02-21) — Two Catholic bishops based in Germany, Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen and Heinrich Timmerevers of Dresden, have gone public in calling for changes in the church’s teachings on LGBT relationship when it comes to sexual morality.

For centuries, the Catholic church “misjudged people and left them alone with their situation and sensitivities and de facto put them on the side-lines,” said bishop Overbeck. “Here we have committed injustice and have also become guilty.”

In his essay released on Dec 2, 2021, Overbeck said he rejects “the adherence to a sexual morality which, for example, wants to practically deny people who love someone of the same sex the possibility of a successful and fulfilling relationship. The life experiences and deep feelings of those who are homosexual or transgender have touched me very deeply. Church teaching must integrate these concrete testimonies of life,” wrote Overbeck.

Overbeck mentioned that Pope Francis has made clear that same-sex partnerships deserve legal protection. In doing so, Overbeck said, the pope had expressed “a new form of appreciation that can be the starting point for a (local church) re-evaluation of homosexuality.”

However even with the Pop’s open minded outlet on gay relationships, it was rejected by the Vatican’s Conservative Congregation over Doctrine of the Faith.

Catholic teaching states that it is not a sin to have homosexual feelings but sexual acts between people of the same gender are considered to be “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to the natural law.”

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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