German lay leader on authority, falsely understood

In the Catholic Church we very often have a false understanding of authority: one does not criticize bishops and priests, it is repeatedly said. There is also a theological component. My life experience in business, politics, and the church tells me that in eight cases of out ten, when leadership comes under pressure, it falls into authoritarian models. In the Catholic Church, it is not infrequent that this is then supported and exaggerated theologically. False concepts of hierarchy and authority arise. Ultimately, this is very dangerous for bishops and priests themselves.

Alois Glück, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (Zentralkomitees der deutschen Katholiken), in an interview October 30th with KNA.

Source: KIPA.

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  1. I happen to be teaching Diarmaid MacColloch’s history of the Reformation this term and am mightily intrigued by all the contradictory voices coming out of Germany these days.

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