The "in good standing", not uncontroversial Jesuit priest in the periphery of "Apostle History 2010" gets an open mike - Mertes described Pope Benedict as "hard of hearing" and said that the Church suffers from homophobia.
Wien (kath.net) The "in good standing", but not uncontroversial Jesuit Klaus Mertes will receive an open mike in the last days of the event organized by the Archdiocese of Vienna 'Apostelgeschichte 2010" (Apostle History 2010) and intends to hold his impulsive lecture on the theme "But you will receive the power of the Holy Ghost". Mertes has been increasingly concerned over the media's revelations in the last months. That being said, he's mentioned Pope Benedict in an interview: "I have great respect for Benedict XVI., because he has no fear in the face of the truth of what has been revealed in the sexual abuse crisis. I wish that he could find in critics of the Church more love for the Church". Then the Jesuit stated that the Pope is "hard of hearing" and that God also speaks through the "secular world" to the Church.
At the end of January 2010 he became concerned with revelations of homosexuality. Mertes had criticized the Church's handling of homosexuality in connection with the abuse scandal at his own Berlin Canisius College (he's its Rector)as the abuse scandal then got the ball rolling in the Church and then he claimed: "The Church suffers from Homophobia. Homosexuality is silenced. Clerics with this inclination are uncertain if they will receive a fair hearing and still be accepted."
Mertes was especially critical also of the foundation of the "Work Group of Engaged Catholics in Union" (AEK). It is inconceivable to him how one can as a Catholic in the CDU, express <
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