Politics and the Church have to make sense to people

Politicians and the church should be able to support people in coping with the Corona crisis and provide answers to the question of meaning. The church has to shed its rigid structures, politics has to escape its selfishness and national solo efforts. That was the basic tenor of the two afternoon panels at the European Tolerance Talks on Thursday in Fresach.

“Church can make sense”

According to the psychotherapist Boglarka Hadinger, most people need meaning in a crisis. “This situation also gives us the opportunity to initiate a course correction. But that cannot happen overnight, we have to take our time,” said the head of the Viktor Frankl Institute in Tübingen. A major topic in the discussion was the search for meaning in the Church as an institution. The church was particularly in demand in times of need, said Hadinger.

For pastoral theologian Regina Polak, the church has lost a lot of trust because of the abuse scandals, but it can still make sense. “The church continues to play an important role at the community level and in the charitable field. This is where it has to start today. We have to remember that faith and church are not congruent. People are still looking for spiritual meaning, the church can support them in this, even if they are not believers,” said Polak. More on the two sessions in the afternoon on pressetext. (wh)

The two live streams from the afternoon here to watch.

Tolerance forum I Departure – where and for what? + Off-Church: New Recipes for Faith
14-15.30: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbEV_Sg-vRA

Tolerance forum II Democracy on the move + Leaving the community: Strategies against Selfishness
16-17.30: https://youtu.be/-FL9ua6w3hc

Photos of the Tolerance Forum of the European Tolerance Talks 2020 in Fresach can be downloaded free of charge from

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