The Eponymous Flower reports – While governments and episcopal conferences describe the radical measures as “unavoidable”, Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis speaks of “pure harassment.” This refers to the ban on worship lasting many weeks, which also included the Easter period.
In an interview with the German daily Die Welt, the Princess from Regensburg found clear words. Without the consent of the bishops, the state would hardly have dared to enact a ban on public services.
“You can really get the impression that here are state officials who act brazenly and submissively, who no longer seem to believe in the sacrificial meal.”
The Princess also criticizes the fact that the bishops, who are “sovereign princes” in her diocese, hide behind the collective called the Episcopal Conference.
“The President of the Episcopal Conference is by no means the chief, but at best a kind of moderator.”
This also refers to the Bishop of Limburg, Monsignor Georg Bätzing, who has been in office for two months, who succeeded Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the head of the German Episcopal Conference.
“One often gets the impression that the bishop’s collective with a large or very large president suffocates the authority of the individual local bishop.”
The Episcopal Conference is therefore, in her eyes, “superfluous, for it deprives their episcopal Lords of a great deal of time and strength.”
The Duchess defends the sensational appeal of Veritas Liberabit Vos to a group of cardinals, bishops and intellectuals, among whose first signatories is included Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Bishop of Regensburg until 2012:
“These are facts that, under the pretext of the Covid 19 epidemic, in many cases inalienable rights of citizens have been violated and their fundamental freedoms have been disproportionately and unjustifiably restricted, including the right to freedom of religion, expression and freedom of movement.”
What is needed in the face of the Corona crisis is a culture of debate for science. “It would be helpful,” says the duchess, if it would not only be the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) who always has the floor, the organization which had proclaimed a lot of contradictory things in a very short space of time. This is also about the resulting “information deficits” that create uncertainty and fear.
In this context, the Prince criticized the increasingly inquisitive attitude of the government and the mass media against other opinions in recent weeks:
“To denigrate any counter-opinion as right-wing populism is enormously damaging here.”