Here We Go: Homosexual and Lesbian Catholic Officials Stage Mass Coming-out in Germany

Participants in the #OutInChurch campaign. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/EyeOpeningMedia/rbb | EyeOpeningMedia
Participants in the #OutInChurch campaign. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/EyeOpeningMedia/rbb | EyeOpeningMedia

More than 100 Catholic church officials in Germany came out as LGBT, queer or non-binary on Monday, adding to calls for reform within the crisis-hit church.

Demands for a more liberal attitude to homosexuality within the German church have coincided with uproar over reports of widespread child sex abuse by Catholic clergymen in the country, including allegations of cases where former pope Benedict XVI failed to act.

The 125-strong group, which includes priests and workers in education and administration, published a statement demanding an end to the “discrimination and exclusion” they had experienced.

“I don’t want to hide my sexual identity any more,” Uwe Grau, a priest in the diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, was quoted on the group’s website as saying.

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Source: The Local