The Catholic Church in Germany has passed a new labor law that breaks with Catholic sexual morality and allows the employment of remarried and same-sex “married” people.
According to a press release of the German Bishops’ Conference (DBK), the new basic order envisages: “The core area of private life is not subject to legal evaluations and is beyond the reach of the employer.” This applies in particular to romantic relationships and privacy. A lifestyle contrary to the teachings of the Church, especially in the sexual sphere, is therefore no longer an obstacle to employment or a reason for dismissal. The Catholic Church teaches that the sacrament of marriage is indissoluble, that it can be contracted exclusively by a man and a woman, and that it serves the purpose of procreation in addition to the union of the spouses.
Formal departure from the church, on the other hand, remains an obstacle to employment or a reason for dismissal, except in exceptional cases. Anti-clerical activity also precludes hiring or continued employment.
“More explicitly than ever before” the “diversity in church institutions is recognized as enrichment.” According to the press release, “All employees can be representatives of God’s unconditional love and thus of a church that serves people, regardless of their specific tasks, their origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual identity and their way of life, as long as they bring with them a positive basic attitude and openness to the message of the Gospel, respect the Christian character of the institution and contribute to bringing it to bear fruit in their own field of activity.”
The new “Basic Regulations of Church Service” was adopted during the plenary assembly of the Association of German Dioceses on November 22. However, the basic order is only of a recommendatory nature. To become legally effective, it must be transposed into diocesan law by individual (arch)dioceses.
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