The archdiocese of Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, which was divided internally, has made efforts to defuse conflicts. On Friday and Saturday there was a special meeting of the Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPR), the archbishopric announced on Saturday evening. The FREP is the highest advisory body there. “That was a good, open conversation,” Cardinal Woelki was quoted as saying. “I learned a lot this weekend and I hope that I will build up lost trust and make cooperation stronger again.”
Woelki is under fire internally with his conservative positions in the debate about reforming the Catholic Church. The 65-year-old’s diocese has been in a crisis since Woelki decided in 2020 not to publish an opinion on how diocese officials deal with cases of sexual abuse due to legal concerns. Instead, he commissioned a new report. This approach triggered a wave of church resignations.
Several members without trust in Woelki
In June, the archbishop was met with severe criticism at a meeting of his diocesan pastoral council. Numerous members had made it clear that they no longer had confidence in him. Woelki had later called not to block each other.
According to the information, the discussions in Cologne now were accompanied by an external moderator for the first time. One participant was reported as saying that it was “a first small but important step forward”. The communication stated that the conversations were “characterized by a great deal of openness and understanding, but also marked differences in content”. The moderated dialogue of the committee should be continued at a further meeting in autumn. (dpa)
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