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New Berlin archbishop says he will meet gay campaigners

Jessica Geen July 14, 2011

Berlin’s incoming Catholic archbishop says he will meet with gay activists who have criticised his appointment.

Archbishop-elect Rainer Maria Woelk said at a press conference last week: “We will meet with each other.

“I have respect and esteem for all people, independent of heritage, skin colour and individual nature. I am open to all without reservations.”

According to the Catholic News Agency, he added: “The church is not a moral institution that goes around pointing its finger at people.”

The appointment of Woelk, a former auxiliary bishop of Cologne, has dismayed gay rights campaigners.

German MP Johannes Kahrs told the newspaper Berliner Zeitung that the new archbishop was of a “backwards persuasion” and “openly has a problem with gay people”.

More: Archbishop, catholic archbishop, Catholic Church, Europe, Rainer Maria Woelk

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