This is a Yandex translation of an article in the German Catholic online magazine katholisch.de
Part 1 of translation (Part 2 will be posted sequentially)
“Because it is not always helpful for peace
Cardinal Marx: “sometimes you have to say: stop Religion!”
All religions served peace at its core, says Cardinal Reinhard Marx. But where this is “buried”, one must raise one’s voice. In addition, the cardinal explains why the church must not spread fear – “of Hell or whatever”.
According to the Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Religion is not always helpful for peace. “Sometimes you have to say: stop Religion!”, said Marx on Wednesday evening at the "Augsburg peace talks"held by the Peace Office of the city of Augsburg.
The chairman of the German Bishops ’ Conference and Archbishop of Munich and Freising added that he believes that all religions serve peace in their core. "But sometimes this core is very buried."Religion must not be abused against people or to maintain power.
The chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany and Bavarian Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm declared that peace needs the church because it needs all people. The church in particular in that it is part of her DNA to bring about reconciliation. “In the past, the church was criticized for its blessing of arms,” said Bedford-Strohm, today among other things for her advocacy for Environmental Protection. “I prefer the latter.”
“The charisma of the church does not depend on the number of members”
Regarding the role of the churches in society, the regional bishop said: "the charisma of the church does not depend on the number of members."It is a matter of standing up enthusiastically for the gospel and showing that as a Christian one lives out of this power. In the meantime, it is natural that fewer people today are church members “out of freedom” than in the past, since many were “out of convention”.