Dealing with Abuses: “I Don’t Want a Final Stroke” – Vatican News

In those days, a high-class delegation from Saxony, which dealt with political and ecclesiastical matters, visited Rome. Together with the Prime Minister of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer and the Bishop of Dresden-Meissen Heinrich Timmerevers, she was also the current president of the Catholic Diocese Council of Martina Breyer. She also had the opportunity to speak briefly with Pope Francis on the sidelines of a private audience for the prime minister.

Although Breyer was not able to talk to the Pope in as much detail as she had wished to do with the Pope, Breyer said in an interview with Vatican Radio after the meeting. But he will take home with him the desire for greater exchange, which has been repeatedly expressed in talks with the representatives of the Church in Rome, promised the president of the Catholic Council of Dresden-Meissen, who is also a member of the synod in the path synod dialogue process in Germany.

Martina Breyer and Michael Kretschmer at a press meeting in the Vatican

Martina Breyer and Michael Kretschmer at a press meeting in the Vatican

At a meeting in the Vatican, she experienced the Pope as a very “alive” and “awake” person, so “you should not be fooled by a wheelchair,” she stressed: “I asked people what to say to the Pope and they told me to tell him that he we need and that I also pray for him. I told him that. And then he said to me: yes, I need it too. I think that it is a bond that also binds us, Catholics around the world, that is, the bond with the Pope, as well as the awareness of his responsibility and service to all of us ”.

Still a lot of clarifying work is needed

Breyer believes that from the Pope’s recent media comments on the Synodal Path, that the Pope is up to date with the German church reform project, he has the impression that he also has an impression. However, he believes that there is still a need for “a lot of discussion” and clarification of what exactly and “in what spirit”, with what goals, in Germany in discussions. “But also: who are the people who do this? What is your motivation? I have the impression that there are still images that do not fully correspond to reality. “

“Synodals like many others”

He is not an “intellectual theological elite” but “synodal like many others” who, from Baptism and Confirmation, in the deepest connection with their Church, engaged in the reform project and shared their life and faith experience with many to earn their energy. “But I don’t want to distance myself from the elite I have addressed. It is also necessary in order to be able to create documents that endure, have theological depth, are authoritative and do not stay afloat. “

She also briefed Francis about a project based on his environmental encyclical Laudato si, which will soon be launched across the diocese, Breyer said. This – slowly but steadily – has smashed to the bottom and is still working there, according to her assessment, which she also communicated to the Pope.

When theory catches up with reality

The representative of the Catholic Council in the Saxon-Meissen diocese of Dresden was particularly impressed by the conversation that took place on the eve of the papal audience with the prevention expert Fr. Hans Zollner in the German-speaking congregation of Anima. On the one hand, it was a “refreshment” of what was already known. “But when you hear it about Father Zollner’s personality, who addresses and represents things with tremendous power, it moves you even more.” On the same day, she unexpectedly met someone who was affected in a completely different situation. “And those two levels of dealing with it theoretically, structurally in a conversation like this – and then this personal meeting – that touched me so deeply that I had to think about it that night. Yes, we have to hold on very, very intensely. And I don’t want the line to end.

On the sidelines of the meeting in the Catholic community of Anima, Bishop Heinrich Timmerevers announced that “this year”, after the summer break, a joint revision commission should be established for the dioceses of Dresden-Meissen, Zgorzel and the Archdiocese of Berlin. Dresden-Meissen has already announced this in the spring of 2022 at the end of January. German Catholic bishops agreed to establish such commissions in June 2020 with former federal government commissioner for violence, Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig. Bishop Timmerevers will meet Pope Francis in a private audience next week.

(Vatican news / kna – cs)

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