Gay marriage schism threatens to split Catholic church in two
All other North America and Europe a battle is playing out between Catholics who are opposed to homosexual marriage and those who are opposed. The Vatican is accused of purging traditional Catholics.
The schism has reached critical mass, and now the German Conference of Bishops is threatening to break with the Vatican.
Many traditional Catholic accuse Pope Francis of plotting to change church teachings on sexual morality, including homosexual marriage. However, the German Conference of Bishops is complaining that Pope Francis has altered official church teachings fast enough.
The German Conference of Bishops has become so desperate that they are threatening to break with Rome. They feel the situation in Germany has become critical. Church attendance over the last twenty years has been in free-fall collapse. In the former GDR [East Germany], only 14% of people are a practicing Catholic. A large majority of East Germans now consider themselves to be atheists.
German Conference of Bishops wants to re-brand the Catholic church. Part of this re-branding includes official acceptance of divorce, birth control, and homosexual marriage. Cardinal Marx, the head of the German bishops conference an an adviser to Pope Francis, says that Germany can not wait on the Pope. Marx announced his support of Gay marriage in 2014.
Germany’s Catholic bishops, responding to a worldwide Vatican survey, said on Monday that many Church teachings on sexual morality were either unknown to the faithful there or rejected as unrealistic and heartless.
They said the survey, drawn up for a synod on possible reforms in October, showed most German Catholics disputed Church bans on birth control and premarital or gay sex and criticized rules barring the divorced from remarriage in church.
The results will not be news to many Catholics, especially in affluent Western countries, but the blunt official admission of this wide gap between policy and practice is uncommon and bound to raise pressure on Pope Francis to introduce reforms.
Bishops in Germany, one of the richest and most influential national churches in the 1.2-billion-strong Catholic world, have been pressing the Vatican to reform, especially over divorce.
A statement from the German bishops conference called the results “a sober inventory of what German Catholics appreciate about Church teaching on marriage and the family and what they find offputting or unacceptable, either mostly or completely.”