Organizers refer to the pope

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As part of the "Love Wins" campaign, there are 110 officially listed blessing services across Germany. The leaders also invoke Pope Francis, who in 2013 had encouraged Catholics to open doors.

A spontaneous reaction to the Vatican's no to the blessing of homosexual couples and a "grassroots" impulse unexpectedly gave rise to a large movement, according to a statement from the initiators on Monday. The response from affected couples, but also from the congregations, is overwhelming, he said.

Christina Cherry

Vatican Ecumenical Minister Cardinal Kurt Koch has congratulated the new Anglican Primate Justin Welby on his election. On behalf of Pope Benedict XVI. and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, he conveyed congratulations to the new Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion.

At the same time, Koch emphasized the great importance of ecumenical relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, according to the letter published at the Vatican on Saturday.

Christina Cherry

Preacher Pierre Vogel is convinced that the Islamic legal system, the Sharia, is superior to "man-made laws. "If Allah commands that a married adulterer and an adulteress be stoned to death, then it is right that the one who has received this command, like the Prophet Mohammed, that he should do it."

The decisive sentence is spoken by the man with the long white robe and the untrimmed beard after exactly 38 minutes and 50 seconds: "Islam is not compatible with democracy."

Abdur Raheem Green, the preacher's name, looks into the faces of his listeners and is silent for a moment. He has long worked towards this sentence, has defined the concept of democracy as the rule of the people with "man-made laws", Islam, on the other hand, as the unconditional and exclusive submission to the laws of Allah. Now the conclusion that the two can't go together is to settle in the minds of his listeners.

Christina Cherry
From 'little ratzinger' to pioneer of change in spain

On this 15. October, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, Archbishop of Valencia, celebrates his 75th birthday. Birthday. From tireless defender of conservative values, he has become a pillar of support for Pope Francis' reform plans.

One could make it easy for oneself and simply attach the label "conservative church hardliner" to Antonio Canizares Llovera. Corresponding evidence is abundant in the life and work of the pugnacious cardinal. But they do not paint the full picture. For the Spaniard, who on 15. The bishop of Granada, who will turn 75 on October 7, has recently demonstrated an impressive ability to change.

Christina Cherry
Carnivalists celebrate largely peacefully

Armed police officers in Dusseldorf © Henning Schoon

Hundreds of thousands celebrated the climax of the street carnival on Rose Monday. It was true: No matter whether Dusseldorf, Cologne or Mainz – no one got past Donald Trump. Also always present: the police.

After the big Shrove Monday parades in Dusseldorf and Cologne, the carnivalists continued to celebrate peacefully for the most part in the evening and at night. "Of course there were the typical alcohol-related confrontations, but all in all it was calmer than last year," a spokesman for the Cologne police said Tuesday morning. On a car of the Cologne, which was kept secret until the end, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan painted the world "as it pleases him": A gray prison became a bright Villa Kunterbunt.

Christina Cherry
Cases of non-clerics

First dioceses name figures in current abuse debate © Uwe Zucchi

Following a criminal complaint filed by several professors, the Koblenz attorney general's office is examining all suspected abuse cases from the dioceses of Trier, Mainz, Cologne and Limburg for crimes that have not yet been reported and can still be prosecuted.

This also involves cases that are not recorded in the abuse study commissioned by the bishops, for example by employees who are not clerics. If there is an initial suspicion, the vicariates general have already promised to hand over all files, including those from the secret archives. This is what Attorney General Jurgen Brauer told the "Trierischer Volksfreund" newspaper.

Christina Cherry
A dispute over interpretive authority

After abuse allegations against Father Joseph Kentenich, a new commission is to examine what is true about the accusations. Should the suspicion be confirmed, the beatification of the Schoenstatt founder would probably be invalid.

Why was the founder of the Schoenstatt Movement sent into exile in the USA by the Vatican in 1951?? And why was he allowed to return in 1965? Documents on the background of the exile of Father Joseph Kentenich (1885-1968) are not yet publicly accessible.

The Italian theologian Alexandra von Teuffenbach published a text in which she accuses the founder of the Schoenstatt movement of systematic manipulation of members of the community and sexual abuse of a sister.

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A Vatican legal expert has rejected that there are church service rules to cover up abuse cases. On the contrary, it is a "clear principle" that church agencies must file criminal charges when required by state law, said Charles J. Scicluna, canon lawyer for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for serious canonical offenses.

In addition, he said, there is a general "moral obligation" to cooperate with state authorities. Scicluna objected to claims that secret church documents exist on how to deal with sexual abuse. Only the instructions in "Crimen sollicitationis" from 1922 and 1962 on the procedure for internal church investigations were originally confidential. "They are no longer because they are on the Internet," the legal expert said. The impression of secrecy was created by an unauthorized "poor translation of this text into English". In fact, he says, the secrecy of investigations should serve to protect the people involved. The "moral duty" to cooperate with state investigators stems from the general principles of canon law, he said. This is based on fundamental ethical duties as formulated in moral theology, says the lawyer. Catholic superiors are obliged by canon law to report credible allegations to Rome, he said. In contrast, not all state jurisdictions have a legally binding duty to report to social workers or church employees who become aware of abuse cases in any way. On the "papal secret" (secretum pontificium) clause in the canon law provisions on abuse, Scicluna said this duty of secrecy must be distinguished from the secrecy of confession. The secrecy of confession is inviolable under all circumstances, even if a priest is questioned as a witness in a state court. The "secretum pontificium" is about the most extensive protection of personality for plaintiffs and defendants in church proceedings. This, she said, is independent of state action, follows its own rules – for example, regarding the statute of limitations – and can only impose punishments in the ecclesiastical sphere. State courts, on the other hand, were interested in those matters that concerned their jurisdiction.

Christina Cherry
Encroachments in bangalore

New Year's Eve in Bangalore © Jagadeesh Nv

According to the media, India is coming off a scandalous New Year's Eve. In Bangalore, a city of millions, women are said to have been sexually harassed en masse. There are good sides to the debate about this.

What the Home Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka, G. Parameshwara, made on Thursday. "I was misquoted," he said at a press conference. "The incident causes me great pain. Police working on the case." Background are discussions about the New Year's Eve in the Indian IT metropolis Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Some of the debate is reminiscent of what happened in Germany after the 2015/16 New Year's Eve in Cologne.

Christina Cherry
Many cases not yet time-barred

Symbol image abuse © Julian Stratenschulte

After the publication of the abuse study for the Catholic Church, five public prosecutor's offices are investigating, according to a report in "Der Spiegel". It is about the suspicion of partly serious sexual abuse, sometimes into the year 2016.

A survey by the magazine of public prosecutors in all 27 dioceses had revealed that. A group of criminal law professors around Holm Putzke from Passau had filed charges against unknown persons and submitted them to public prosecutors' offices in the district of each diocese. According to the report, the professors speak of an "unconditional duty" to investigate the "initial suspicion". "Many cases" have not yet been barred by the statute of limitations.

Christina Cherry