For months, the global financial crisis has kept people on edge. The call for a new order of systems is becoming louder. Suddenly morality is called for, greed is reprehensible again. It fits with this that even the Ten Commandments are finding new interest.

Two new books have been published this fall that are dedicated to the Ten Commandments and are thought-provoking not only on the occasion of the Day of Prayer and Repentance. The Benedictine Abbot Notker Wolf and the journalist Matthias Drobinski have published their interpretation of the Ten Commandments ("Rules for Life") in the Herder-Verlag. Another book is by the Protestant theologian Roland Rosenstock ("Die zehn Gebote", Rowohlt-TB). In both cases, the authors try to interpret the strict precepts of the Old Testament God as a guide to life today.The Decalogue is regarded as the basis of Christian-Jewish ethics and has been artistically processed countless times, for example in the well-known monumental film "The Ten Commandments" with Charlton Heston from 1956. Moses is said to have received the law of the Israelites, engraved on two clay tablets, from God himself after he led his people out of Egyptian captivity. As reported by the Bible. Researchers ame that the commandments were created in a centuries-long process that was not completed until 100 AD.Not least because of their pronounced rigidity, however, they seem to many people today to be unusable and all too unwieldy: "You shall…", they begin chillingly, respectively "Thou shalt not…". "Thou shalt not kill", "thou shalt not commit adultery", "thou shalt not bear false witness (lie)", and "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house" and – as Martin Luther translated – "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, servant, maid, cattle, nor anything that is his". "Thou shalt," on the other hand, "hallow the feast day" and "honor father and mother".

Christina Cherry

For the first time, a Protestant state bishop has voiced massive criticism of the family paper of the Protestant Church in Germany. Frank Otfried July, the Protestant Bishop of Wurttemberg, complains that the institutional aspect of marriage is being "almost silently abandoned".

July complained that the importance of the so-called classical family is not sufficiently respected. Even the goal of lifelong faithfulness is not abandonable. This, he said, was ultimately derived from God's eternal faithfulness to mankind. Even the failure of relationships would not change the goal.

Christina Cherry

The legal guide to dealing with abuse cases in the church announced by the Vatican could appear before the summer. This is what the pope's chief investigator for sexual crimes, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, has said.

The document should list step by step how bishops and religious superiors have to deal with such cases and how prevention should look like, as Scicluna said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper "Vida Nueva" (Friday).

"A first draft is already available," said the archbishop of Malta. One wants to give with the letter also non-lawyers a guideline to the hand, in order to be able to answer arising questions.

Christina Cherry
Gratitude and need for clarification

Bishops and theologians have reacted differently to the publication of the controversial handout as an orientation guide. While in Freiburg gratitude prevails, in Regensburg one still sees a need for discussion.

For Eichstatt Bishop Gregor Maria Hanke, the publication makes it clear "that we as bishops are not now quarreling and arguing". Instead, Hanke told the Catholic News Agency (KNA) on Wednesday, everyone is concerned with advancing ecumenism and caring for mixed-denomination couples.

Christina Cherry
Things can only get better ..?

As editor-in-chief of a Catholic station, one does not always have it easy. Especially if you are passionately and wholeheartedly attached to your church. Ingo Bruggenjurgen seeks the way out of the credibility and trust crisis.

The year of our Lord 2019 was a tough one for the Catholic Church. The episcopal decision-makers are still burdened with the task of coming to terms with the sexual abuse. One thinks here only of the much-discussed compensation payments… The bishops had already conjured up a synodal solution from the hat in the spring at their plenary assembly in Lingen after hard wrangling. And they quickly realized that even with the three targeted problem areas of abuse of power/clericalism, sex education/homosexuality and priestly life/celibacy, not all of the burning ies were on the table: the large women's associations with their more than 600 women's groups and the many women's groups in the Church.000 committed women members and the self-confident Marias 2.0 also brought the "new role of women in the catholic church" on the agenda through their prere. The women missed the dialogue at eye level and demand full equality and equal treatment – even in access to ordained ministry.

Christina Cherry

Men in prayer © Elisabeth Rahe (KNA)

The image of men is changing and the role of the sole professional has long since become obsolete. The pastoral care for men in the Catholic Church wants to keep its finger on the pulse in this regard. What are the challenges today??

Interviewer: In Passau everything revolves around Catholic men's work at the moment. The federal conference of the diocesan men's advisors and the diocesan representatives for men's pastoral care ended there on Monday. On Tuesday, it continued with the main conference of the Community of Catholic Men. Some say that in the Catholic Church the actual decision-makers are all men anyway, that it is a "men's church" after all. Why do we need an extra men's ministry at all??

Christina Cherry