The document, which also calls for alterations to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, says: “Spouses take responsibility for the timing of becoming parents, for the number of their children as well as the various methods of family planning. This is done in mutual respect and personal conscience.”
The last text approved on Feb. 5, the “Basic order of serving in the Church,” appeals for reform of employment laws in the local Catholic Church, which is the second-largest employer after the state in Germany. It passed its first reading by 181 votes to 13, with 11 abstentions.
Archbishop Nikola Eterović, the apostolic nuncio to Germany, addressed the assembly on Saturday.
He said: “The Pope often speaks of synodality and the positive aspects associated with it, but equally encourages avoiding a false understanding and errors.”
“As characteristic aspects of synodality, the Bishop of Rome mentions above all: synodality is a gift of the Holy Spirit; it is the way towards an ecclesial community whose task is mission, the evangelization of the world today; the synodal Church requires the participation of all, albeit at different levels.”
“At the same time, Pope Francis warns against parliamentarism, formalism, intellectualism, and clericalism.”