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Cologne Declaration
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[German Version]

The Cologne Declaration was drawn up by an initiator group in Cologne on Jan 5, 1989 and subsequently signed by more than 200 professors of theology in the German-speaking realm; it sparked off fierce and still ongoing controversies within the Catholic Church. Taking up on the dispute caused by the appointment of the new archbishop of Cologne, the declaration expresses disapproval of an ecclesiastical centralism that ignores local situations and needs. Opposing attempts by the teaching office of the church (magisterium) to elevate the binding quality of the …

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Werbick, Jürgen, “Cologne Declaration”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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