Freiburg (dpa/lsw) – More than 100 clergymen of the Diocese of Freiburg support the appeal for reform of the Church by Catholic professors. The paper, which among other things encourages the lifting of obligatory celibacy for priests and more democracy in the Church, is pointed and contains many things to discuss, said the cathedral rector and deanery head Claudius Stoffel to the dpa news agency. “But the critique comes from the broad middle of the Church, and people expect that we engage it.” Stoffel is convinced that the archbishop of Freiburg and president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Robert Zollitsch, will join in this dialogue.
UPDATE: 293 clergymen have signed on as of 3-09-11. The diocesan “Pressestelle,” in answer to a query, reports that there are 477 priests in active service and 410 retired, of which the vast majority help out regularly.
The list of supporting priests and deacons is here.