CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Fellow German Christians criticise pope before trip

09-21-2011 11:02 BJT

BERLIN - When Pope Benedict visits his native Germany later this week, the anarchists, gays and radicals planning to protest against his presence should be the least of his worries.

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday angelus prayer from the balcony of his
summer residence in Castelgandolfo in southern Rome Sept 18, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

His toughest critics come from the ranks of fellow German Christians.

Religion in Germany has a public edge the Bavarian pope doesn't often see, with politicians and Protestants as likely as Catholic parishioners to speak out against his conservative ideas.

A record 181,000 left the Catholic Church last year in protest against its sexual abuse scandals and increasingly conservative line. For the first time, that was more than those quitting German Protestant congregations and even topped the total number of new baptisms into the Catholic Church.

Among those who have stayed, many say the Church should reform its celibacy rule to counter the dwindling number of priests and allow Protestants married to Catholics to receive communion at Mass with their spouses.

Catholic theologian Hermann Haering told Reuters it was no surprise that Benedict should elicit such criticism in his native land.

"First of all, he's German," he said. "Emotions both for and against him have always been very strong.

"In a country where Catholics and Protestant populations are of equal size, all theological and church issues are much more clearly defined."

German churches traditionally have been seen as normative authorities, almost part of the state, he said.

"We don't have a liberal tradition, such as in the United States. These issues are not seen in the framework of a civil society."

 

Related stories

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: China Daily

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program