"If the cross is only seen as a cultural symbol, it has not been understood," said the Archbishop of Munich and Freising. "Then the cross would be expropriated in the name of the state."
It was not up to the state to explain what the cross meant, said Marx. It was "a sign of opposition to violence, injustice, sin and death, but no sign against other people." Marx considers the social debate about the cross to be important, but everyone should be involved: Christians, Muslims, Jews and those who are not really religious.
The state must ensure that religious beliefs can be articulated. But it can not determine what the content of this religious belief is. It could do something to make those values live. "And this is what the state does with us." The Gospel can not be translated one-to-one into practical politics, Marx said. "From a Christian point of view, however, it should be a guiding principle for politicians to respect the dignity of every human being, especially the weak. He who hangs a cross must be judged by these standards."
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