New user? Register here:
Email Address:
Password:
Retype Password:
First Name:
Last Name:
Existing user? Login here:
 
 
News >

Keep hoping, Germans told


HOPE that Protestants and Roman Catholics might one day be able to share in the eucharist was expressed at the close of the 30th German Protestant Convention, the Kirchentag, held in Hanover last week.

There was "no alternative to the unity of the Churches in diversity", the convention's president, Professor Eckhard Nagel, told 100,000 people at the closing worship on Saturday. A Dutch Roman Catholic theologian, Fr Huub Oosterhuis SJ, was the preacher. Protestants and Catholics will come together for an ecumenical Kirchentag in 2010, and a leading Protestant bishop, the Rt Revd Wolfgang Huber, told the convention that he hoped it would be possible then for all to "gather at the table of the Lord".

The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Karl Lehman, was more cautious, however, and emphasised that eucharistic unity could not be achieved in advance of full unity. He was quoted as saying: "Something is amiss if we issue an invitation to eucharistic hospitality and afterwards go back to our separate Churches."

The German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder; the President, Horst Koehler; and the Opposition leader, Angela Merkel, all attended the opening ceremony. Professor Nagel urged the 100,000 people present to "take a stand against society's current depression and pessimism". Alongside reports of a drastic fall in church attendance, German newspapers are reporting an upsurge of religious fervour across society in general, but most notably in states of the former Communist East Germany.

7421-schroeder

All together? Chancellor Gerhard Schröder addresses an audience of 100,000 at the Kirchentag REUTERS

Job of the week

Canon Precentor

Wales

ST ASAPH CATHEDRAL THE DIOCESE OF ST ASAPH CANON PRECENTOR The Bishop of St Asaph, in conjunction with The Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral, wish to appoint an experienced priest to minister ...  Read More

Signup for job alerts
Top feature

A man in tune with his times

A man in tune with his times

Ian Ramsey was an 'improbable' Bishop of Durham. On the centenary of his birth, John Saxbee recalls a philosopher of religion who was also a man of the people  Subscribe to read more

Question of the week
Is a fundamentalist approach to religion always wrong?

To prevent multiple voting, we now ask readers to be logged in. This is free, quick and easy, honestly. Click here to login or register

Top comment

The challenges that the new C of E reports duck

Linda Woodhead finds the proposed remedies for the numerical decline of the Church too clerical and too congregational  Read More

Mon 26 Jan 15 @ 16:25
NEW: C of E’s first woman bishop consecrated @GavinDrake reports from York http://t.co/g46Xc90wTk

Mon 26 Jan 15 @ 11:22
RT @c_of_ePhotos from the consecration of Revd Libby Lane happening now at @York_Minster #BishopLibby http://t.co/bdPo815hQc