For years, the Islamism expert Ahmad Mansour has been dealing with radicalization: as a psychologist, author ("GenerationAllah") and employee of the Hayat counseling center. He criticizes the prevention work in Germany as too little structured.

CBA: Mr. Mansour, Islamic radicalization is a major ie. Is enough being done about it?

Mansour: A lot is being done, but it's not enough. Radicalization of youth is not just about preventing the next bomb. That's important, of course, but first and foremost we need to tackle the root cause – through prevention work. But in this area there is chaos: there is no national strategy, no clarity about what we want to fight, who could be partners in this and who is part of the problem. I miss this clarity as well as comprehensive offers and projects for long-term prevention work.

Christina Cherry

Bishop Ulrich Neymeyr of Erfurt has condemned the racist attack in a streetcar in the Thuringian state capital. All people must be treated as human beings, Bishop Neymeyr stressed.

"It shocks me when people with a different skin color, different origin, different religion or different sexual orientation are attacked because they are 'different,'" Neymeyr said in response to a question from the portal (Monday).

The Catholic bishop said he always stressed that all people must be treated as human beings and that they should not be talked about in a spiteful way. "Words quickly turn into deeds. For people of faith, moreover, every human being is a creature of God and thus a fellow creature," Neymeyr explained.

Christina Cherry

Francis is the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula. In the process, he had "done everything to show: I am not a monarch and I don't want to be one," says Pope's biographer Andreas Englisch, who accompanied him.

Interviewer: In Abu Dhabi, Francis has been received with great pomp. How did the Pope react?

Andreas Englisch (Author): Of course, this is insanely embarrassing for him every time and he tries to avoid it every time as well. When he went to the presidential palace, the colors of the Vatican, i.e. white and yellow, were drawn in the sky with fighter jets. This is exactly what he hates. But he has no influence on it.

Christina Cherry

Pope Benedict XVI has had a somewhat quieter week. after the exhausting Easter celebrations. In the rural tranquility of his summer residence, Castelgandolfo, south of Rome, the head of the church on Thursday celebrated his 82nd birthday. The first birthday, as always rather quietly and together with his brother Georg, who is three years older than him. Benedict XVI worked on the side. on speeches for the Middle East trip in May – one of the most difficult missions of his pontificate, which enters its fifth year on Sunday.

Christina Cherry
Free access instead of repulsive wall

Provost Prelate Gerd Bachner and his cathedral © Alexander Foxius (DR)

Free access instead of repulsive wall

Police at Cologne Cathedral © Maja Hitij

Cologne Cathedral Provost Gerd Bachner is also against fences around the cathedral as part of a protection zone. He could imagine grids or police chains at the cathedral only with difficulty, he said to the Kolnische Rundschau.

"There must always be free access to the cathedral," Bachner told the Cologne Review (Monday). He favors an invisible protective zone that includes an increased police presence, but does not appear "like a repulsive wall".

Christina Cherry
From the bundestag to the lecture hall

Volker Beck © Roland Weihrauch

University instead of the Bundestag: Green politician Volker Beck, former spokesman for his parliamentary group on religious policy, is teaching religious policy as a guest lecturer at the Ruhr University Bochum in the winter semester. In the interview he explains his step.

CBA: You will be teaching as a guest lecturer at the Center for the Study of Religions (CERES) at the Ruhr University in Bochum in the winter semester starting this Friday. Their subject is religious policy. Did you think long and hard about accepting the offer from the University of Bochum??

Christina Cherry
Relic of the gdr era?

People in eastern Germany do not place much trust in the Christian churches, according to a recent Forsa survey. The diocese of Dresden-Meissen, among others, is researching the causes – and looking to the future.

Interviewer: Only 13 percent of people in the east trust the Catholic Church – in the west, the figure is 30 percent. Does this survey result surprise you??

Thomas Arnold (Director of the Catholic Academy of the Diocese of Dresden-Meissen): No, it does not surprise me at all. But I am pleased that 13 percent of people in eastern Germany trust the church, although only three to four percent of people in the east belong to this church. This means that an institution is trusted, at least by people who otherwise have nothing to do with faith and the church. And on the positive side, this also means that our institution has an impact on society and is perceived as such. But of course, from 13 to 100 percent is still quite some air.
Interviewer: Can you explain why people in the East trust churches so much less than those in the West??
Arnold: In fact, there are several factors at play. A colleague once told me that the GDR had not achieved much, but that what it had achieved was to make religion and faith look ridiculous. I believe that this is an experience that has been in this region for several generations. You're just not taken seriously. There is not even a big opposition. That is one factor.

Christina Cherry

Gloria von Thurn und Taxis laments a "general fatigue in the transmission of faith" among Christians. In the perception of Catholic aristocrats, religion is "at best a cultural relic". She also commented on Islam.

This is what she told the "Augsburger Allgemeine" newspaper. "My impression is that sex and shopping are wonderful tranquilizing drugs, so that religion simply no longer has any value in the canon of people's needs."

The lack of transmission of the faith was not only noticeable in the church, but in baptized people in general.

Christina Cherry
Up to 50.000 euros for abuse victims

Press conference at the end of the fall plenary session © Julia Steinbrecht (KNA)

At the end of the autumn plenary meeting of the German Catholic bishops, there is a uniform procedure for one-time payments to victims of sexual abuse in the church. There is also movement on other ies.

The amount of one-time payments to victims of sexual abuse in the church will in the future be based on judgments of state courts on compensation for pain and suffering. According to Batzing, this results in a benefit framework of up to 50.000 euros. In addition, as is already the case, victims can be reimbursed for costs of therapy or couples counseling.

Christina Cherry
Passion in the 'cafe passion'

The first "cafe talks" with bishops in Hildesheim met with great interest. Not all of those interested were able to find a seat when six senior bishops answered questions on the eve of the spring plenary meeting of the German Bishops' Conference.

"Cafe international" – that's the name of a popular board game in which players place people at cafe tables in ever-changing combinations A kind of "cafe clerical," on the other hand, was played out by six Catholic bishops this Sunday evening in Hildesheim. An experiment devised by the host diocese in the run-up to the spring plenary meeting of the German Bishops' Conference, which begins on Monday. "We do not only want to discuss in closed conference rooms among ourselves, but we want to get more directly into conversation with the people," emphasizes Hildesheim's Bishop Norbert Trelle: "They should be able to bring everything to the table that is close to their hearts."

Christina Cherry