But the German Govt didn’t block their path with barbed wires, dig highways or label them Anti-National. And neither did the Govt declare it an ‘internal matter’ where others can’t comment. I guess that’s how democracies work. pic.twitter.com/pZtigTgWT8
The so-called "synodal path" is a series of dialogues with laypeople whose purpose is to study possible reforms in the German church. This consultation process began after the scandals caused by the sexual abuse cases.
In Germany, lay movements are calling for more radical reforms, including the authorization of the female priesthood. The church hierarchy, however, is currently looking for a middle way that will satisfy the reformers somewhat but without creating a crisis with Rome.
Gilles, who has been responsible for family and youth affairs in the diocese of Limburg, was born in 1970 and studied theology at the University of Bonn.