Frankfurt Declaration: For a Synodal Church – support sought for petition

Frankfurt Declaration: For a Synodal Church

(This petition is more a declaration of the people of God in dialogue pledging to implement their conclusions in their communities and parishes. The petition has been signed by Bishop Georg Bätzing, Head of the German Conference of Bishops. The petition is in several languages including English; when you click on the link scroll down for the English version, just below the list of German supporters, individuals and groups.)

English version of Declaration:

As members of the Catholic Church, we recognise the Synodal Way in Germany and far beyond its borders as a kairos: a moment of decision for our Church before which God places us.

We know the guilt that our Church has brought upon itself – especially in the sexual and spiritual abuse of its power.

We embrace the spirit of synodal deliberation and decision-making as an inspiration to find new ways to bring the God of life to the people of our time.

Therefore, in the places where God puts us, we commit ourselves to advocate for a church that lives synodality.

This means for us:

We put a hold on all forms of abuse of power in the church and advocate for thoroughgoing processing and justice for those affected by abuse.

We stand up for gender justice in the church and consistently put it into practice.

We oppose any discrimination in the church and give space to all people in their diversity and uniqueness.

We live a church in which we consult and decide together according to our ministries and charisms.

We do not just adopt documents, but translate them into concrete action: in our dioceses and parishes, in schools and charitable institutions – in all places of church life.

We welcome to be evaluated based on the goals of this self-commitment.

We remain united with each other in prayer and draw from it the strength to follow the Spirit of God, which makes (it) alive.

To sign the petition, click on the link:



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