BAVARIA, August 4, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - German bishops have a new policy allowing open lesbians to keep working for the Church.
The German Bishops' Conference adopted a new labor law in late April which drastically loosened the Church's disciplines in their country. Employees can in many cases now keep their positions even if they publicly defy the Church's moral teachings. For example, sometimes a Church employee will be able to live in an openly homosexual relationship and, despite the scandal, still be kept on the Church's payroll.
And that's precisely the situation in the first case to clearly invoke the new law. The woman in charge of a Caritas Day Care Center in Bavaria is also an open lesbian with public plans to "marry" her female partner. She had already been asked to leave, in line with the earlier disciplines regarding Church employees; however, with the new rules, that decision's reportedly been voided.
She is employed in the archdiocese of Munich and Freising under Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the notoriously left-leaning president of the German Bishops' Conference. While other German bishops — Bishops Stefan Oster, Gregor Hanke and Rudolf Vorderholzer — have declined to abide by the new labor law, Cdl. Marx has fully embraced it.
The decision to continue employing the openly homosexual woman at the Church's local daycare was announced shortly after the new labor law was instituted in the Munich archdiocese on August 1.