Man and church in the mirror of time

The exhibition "50 years of the second vatican council", conceived as a traveling exhibition by the catholic adult education of the archdiocese of bamberg is still on until 21. April in the gobweinsteiner pilgrimage museum to see. Museum director regina urban has supplemented them with testimonies from the gobweinstein conciliar period.
The special exhibition was opened with a minute of silence for hans backer, who was chairman of the pilgrimage museum gobweinstein. Backer will be buried in gobweinstein next saturday.
He had, urban was sure, as a lector at that time under the progressive gobweinsteiner pastor friedrich nieser certainly much from the council time especially to gobweinstein erzahlen konnen. The second vatican council was the most important church event of the 20th century. Century. As a pastoral council it wanted to find answers for the church to the questions of the people in the now and today. The exhibition picks up this orientation to the "today" and with the look back to the events that happened 50 years ago, wants to stimulate answers to the questions of our church today.

The pill causes discussions
The emphasis of the gobweinsteiner exhibition is therefore not on a historical review, but on a detailed presentation of the theological achievements of the council.
It shows the fruits and implementations and identifies the challenges for today. Quotations from the council documents are set in relation to church and socio-political fields of action and supplemented with spiritual comments and impulses for action.

Strict franciscans
The exhibition in gobweinstein not only refers to the connection with the archbishopric of bamberg, but also sheds light on the positions of the gobweinstein parish priest and franciscan convent during the conciliar period. The explosive nature of the topic is also reflected in the conference book of the gobweinstein franciscans. 1964 the question here is what "morally feasible options for birth control" are there were.
In 1967 the antibaby pill is explicitly discussed. 1971/72 it deals with the topics of abortion and the pill.

That was in those days still "a dare and problem". The gobweinstein franciscans at that time also dealt with the questions discussed at the council about liturgy, democratization of the church, ecumenism and, in addition, with the practical matters of everyday life, such as questions of marriage or birth control. "Gobweinstein franciscans appear to have taken a conservative stance", says urban. So as late as 1967, they were concerned about the "elimination of latin-language services".

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