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www.worldmag.com (for full article)By MELISSA EDDY
AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — A year after a widespread sex scandal rocked Roman Catholics in Pope Benedict XVI’s homeland, German intellectuals and faithful alike are turning their backs on the church, calling for change or simply leaving the congregation.
German theologians and others have aired their discontent in a series of petitions to church leaders calling for changes including more transparency, an end to celibacy, and women’s ordination.
“After their initial horror, many responsible Christians, women and men, in ministry and outside of ministry, have come to realize that deep-reaching reforms are necessary,” wrote leading German theologians in a petition to the nation’s highest Catholic officials.