Munster – More than 200 theology professors from the German-speaking area protest in a statement against the Vatican’s ban on blessings for homosexual couples.
The declaration by the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is “characterized by a paternalistic gesture of superiority” and discriminates against homosexual people and their lifestyles, according to the statement that the German Press Agency has received.
“We are resolutely distancing ourselves from this position. In contrast, we assume that the life and love of same-sex couples are worth no less before God than the life and love of any other couple. “
In many communities, priests, deacons, and other pastors would offer blessings for same-sex couples. “We expressly welcome these honoring practices,” clarify the scientists. The declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith lacks theological depth and argumentative stringency. “If scientific knowledge is ignored and not received, as is the case in the document, the teaching office undermines its own authority,” the experts say.
The statement, which had been signed by 212 theology professors by Sunday, was drafted by a working group at the University of Münster and can still be signed.
Current signatories include the dogmatist Georg Essen from the Humboldt University in Berlin, the 92-year-old Peter Hünermann, who wrote numerous important publications, Julia Knop and Gregor Maria Hoff, chairmen of the Working Group for Dogmatics and Fundamental Theology, and the liturgical scholar Benedikt Kranemann from Erfurt.
Other well-known representatives of their subject are the chairwoman of the Catholic Faculty Conference, Johanna Rahner from Tübingen, the Munich fundamental theologian Thomas Schärtl-Trendel, the Münster dogmatist Michael Seewald, the New Testament scholar Michael Theobald from Tübingen and the Münster church historian Hubert Wolf. Several representatives of church universities have also signed, including Jesuits from St. Georgen and teachers from the Catholic universities in Eichstätt and Linz.
The Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made it clear last Monday that the Church was not authorized to bless homosexual couples. Any form of blessing that recognizes a homosexual partnership is not permitted. This has sparked a storm of protest in the Catholic Church in Germany.