Baden-Württemberg: Kretschmann: ecumenism important for the influence of the church

Karlsruhe (dpa/lsw) - According to Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann, ecumenism is important for the role of the church in society.

Baden-Württemberg: Kretschmann: ecumenism important for the influence of the church

Karlsruhe (dpa/lsw) - According to Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann, ecumenism is important for the role of the church in society. "If the churches want to continue to have a positive influence on our social coexistence, I think this is only possible in ecumenical cooperation," said the Green politician on Wednesday at the start of the general assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Karlsruhe. Each current has its own characteristics, said Kretschmann, citing, among other things, the spirituality of the orthodox churches and the strong community of the free churches.

Ecumenism is deeply rooted in Baden-Württemberg, said Kretschmann. At the same time, he recalled that as of that year, Christians no longer represented the majority of the population in Germany - which had been the case for centuries. Christianity has a great impact on the country, he said. "But this formative power is decreasing."

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