The ‘Catholic Media Prize’ of the German Bishops Conference was awarded to the pro-‘LGBTQ+’ documentary, Wie Gott uns schuf—Coming-out in der Katholischen Kirche (As God created us—Coming Out in the Catholic Church). In January 2022, this documentary triggered a ‘movement’ among German Church employees called ‘out in the Church,’ widely reported and hailed as a step towards the emancipation of gay, bi, and trans-sexuals in Germany, CNA Deutsch reports.
Among the 173 submissions for the award—72 in print format and 101 electronic: among them, 41 TV, 29 radio, and 31 internet productions—the jury chose the documentary produced by Hajo Seppelt, Katharina Kühn, Marc Rosenthal, und Peter Wozny, according to the website of the German Bishops Conference.
The documentary tells the story of one hundred self-identified ‘LGBTQ+’ people who work for the Catholic Church in Germany. Pieced together with snippets from a sequence of interviews, the documentary tells their story along with tropes of alleged ‘persecution,’ ‘bullying,’ and ‘ostracization.’ Praising the courage of the individuals portrayed in the documentary, the award jury urged for “respect, acceptance of their identity, and acknowledgment of their love.”
The justification of the jury reads:
It is probably the biggest coming-out ever in the Catholic Church: 100 believers who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bi, trans*, inter, queer, or non-binary dare to go public in the ARD documentary. Priests, religious brothers, parish workers, diocesan employees, religious teachers, educators, and social workers tell of the hardship of having to deny their sexual identity to their employer and hide their love for a same-sex partner.
The award, along with the documentary, sheds light on a gaping dichotomy rather unique to Germany: employees of the Catholic Church who are living contrary to the gospel and the Church’s position and teaching on moral matters. The Catholic Church is the second largest employer in the country, second only to the government itself. The humanitarian aid sector of the Church—Caritas for instance—boasts over 600,000 employees. The Church’s annual income in Germany (collected via the church tax) amounts to €6.7 billion. Yet, many Church employees do not live in accordance with Catholic teaching. For them, the Church is just an employer like any other. Fighting for their ‘rights’ (women’s rights, gay rights, etc.) is seen as an empowering social phenomenon. The documentary is emblematic: the picture it paints intends to evoke sympathy for the dissenting voices, instead of calling the situation as it is: a living contradiction.
What commentators deem satire has been a reality for Catholics in Germany over the last fifty-some years: a cultural Marxism has been pushed into all dimensions of ecclesial life from ‘above,’ spearheaded by the bishops themselves. The prize is an official award of the German Bishops Conference, and as such, it is an instrument to honor the submission that best reflects Catholic identity in the media—as the bishops perceive it. The prize is intended to “motivate journalists to pursue quality and value-oriented journalism.”
The award, then, clearly demonstrates where the German Church has been heading since the Königsteiner Erklärung (Declaration of Königstein) of 30 August 1968, in which Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae was dismissed and the German bishops left to individual conscience of lay people whether to use contraception or not.
In the 1970s, the Frankfurt School of Neo-Marxism set out on their ‘march through the institutions’ in order to implement their ideology from within the hierarchy. It seems that the Catholic Church in Germany is one organization where their work is nearly complete. The Media Prize 2022 is the most recent evidence of that.