Franciscans in Germany elect openly gay priest as new superior

 

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Denver Newsroom, Jun 14, 2022 / 19:15 pm (CNA).

The 300-member Franciscan province of Saint Elisabeth in Germany has elected as its new superior Father Markus Fuhrmann, who a few weeks ago publicly came out as homosexual.

In an interview with MK-Online, the official news website of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, Fuhrmann explained why he went public with his homosexuality.

“If I am gay myself, then I want to show that I can also be part of the Church in this ministry. That’s important because it’s not supposed to be like that in the Church. Unfortunately, there is too much institutional hypocrisy in our Church,” he said.

In addition, the new Franciscan superior said that he “personally supports the efforts of the Synodal Way, I am in favor of a critical rethinking of celibacy in the priestly way of life and I am in favor of women having access to ordained ministries.”

The Synodal Way is a controversial multi-year process that began in December 2019 and involves bishops and lay people from Germany to address issues such as the exercise of power, sexual morality, the priesthood, and the role of women in the Church, issues on which they have expressed, publicly and on various occasions, positions contrary to Catholic doctrine.

Asked about the fact that his Franciscan brothers knew of his homosexuality at the time of his election, the new German superior said that “it was very good for me to know that this is very positive for the brothers.”

He added, “I get a lot of encouragement, and maybe that spark of appreciation can spread to other areas of the Church. I think that’s good.”

Father Markus Fuhrmann (third from left) with the new authorities of the Franciscans in Germany. Courtesy of OFM.org.
Father Markus Fuhrmann (third from left) with the new authorities of the Franciscans in Germany. Courtesy of OFM.org.

Fuhrmann was born on August 9, 1971, in Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony, Germany. He made his simple vows in 1998 and his solemn profession in 2003. He was ordained a priest on May 7, 2005.

In Cologne, part of Saint Elizabeth Province, he ministered to the indigent, and before his election, he served as provincial vicar.

Regarding his future work, the new Franciscan superior in Germany told MK-Online that “a big change is imminent, and I want and must shape it together with the brothers.”

The Church’s teaching on homosexuality

Catholic teaching on homosexuality is summarized in sections 2357, 2358, and 2359 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The Church teaches that homosexuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

As the catechism explains, “Tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered and this inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.”

The catechism states, “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

Providing further guidance, the catechism says, “Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.”


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10 Comments

  1. So the guy who made a vow of chastity is chosen superior because he tells everyone with whom he prefers to have sex. Go figure.

    • He did not say or admit to engaging in sexual matters. But on the other hand, then why be so open (or even proud) about one’s inclination? I am sure you agree that we are not allowed to judge the soul or position of another because that person may not have been given the same opportunity as we, or may have been born into a difficult situation, raised improperly, traumatized, etc. But neither should the Church promote homosexuality or any sex outside of marriage in any way. ———- I don’t know? I have had it trying to reconcile it all, even worse, observing the USA and the West become so disengaged with God, turn into hedonists and narcissists who make fun of those who champion morality, family, and holiness. It cannot be much longer before severe judgments befall this planet.

      • Why be so open? He explained why.

        This seems to be the same kind of intentional thing that one sees when some Catholics at “Who am I to judge?” and don’t read the context. Also, this is a CWR pickup from CNA. No telling if the whole piece is here. Many media just hit the main paragraphs and keep the rest blog-short.

        • “Immorality in the Church” – 1 CORINTHIANS 5:12-13 – “After all it is none of my business to judge outsiders. God will juge them. But should you not judge the members of your own fellowship? As the scripture says, “Remove the evil person from your group.” – Reference: Good News Bible GNT

        • “Immorality in the Church” – 1 CORINTHIANS 5:12-13 – “After all it is none of my business to judge outsiders. God will judge them. But should you not judge the members of your own fellowship? As the scripture says, “Remove the evil person from your group.” – Reference: Good News Bible GNT

    • Perhaps that is why he is in favour of redefining celibacy. Mind you most gay clergy consider the celibacy rule not applicable to them.

  2. “If I am gay myself, then I want to show that I can also be part of the Church in this ministry. That’s important because it’s not supposed to be like that in the Church. Unfortunately, there is too much institutional hypocrisy in our Church,” he said.

    Interpreting the above, he’s saying that homosexuals are not supposed to be in ordained ministry, but yet he in fact “can” be, and there’s “too much hypocrisy in our Church.” Well, that’s for sure, but his solution is to disfigure the Bride of Christ by redefining Her, because, as with most homosexuals, he’s a narcissist, and so embracing his perverse orientation is far more important to him than embracing his cross.

    • What Church do you belong to? “Perverse orientation?” There’s nothing perverse about Gods children who have SSA.

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