"According to the chairman of the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany, the death of Jesus Christ was not a redemptive act of God to liberate human beings from the bondage of sin and open the gates of heaven. The Archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch, known for his liberal views, publicly denied the fundamental Christian dogma of the sacrificial nature of Christ’s death in a recent interview with a German television station.
Zollitsch said that Christ 'did not die for the sins of the people as if God had provided a sacrificial offering, like a scapegoat.'
Instead, Jesus had offered only 'solidarity' with the poor and suffering. Zollitsch said 'that is this great perspective, this tremendous solidarity.'
The interviewer asked, 'You would now no longer describe it in such a way that God gave his own son, because we humans were so sinful? You would no longer describe it like this?'
Monsignor Zollitsch responded, 'No.'
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch was appointed to the See of Freiburg im Breisgau in 2003 under Pope John Paul II. He is he sitting Chairman of the German Episcopal Conference, to which he was elected in 2008 and is regarded as a 'liberal' in the German episcopate.
In February 2008 he said that priestly celibacy should be voluntary and that it is not 'theologically necessary.' Zollitsch has also said he accepts homosexual civil unions by states, but is against same-sex 'marriage.'"
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