this Wednesday, from 2. The Senate of the Federal labour court in Erfurt, the judgment is a milestone on the way to a new relationship between the state and the Church(s) in this country, according to a doctor from Dusseldorf, who lives in a second marriage may not be terminated from his Catholic employer, even though the physician has failed to its way of life against the moral principles of the Catholic Church. Already, therefore, this is because of its professional quality, up to today, no doubt, and, as the court finds the Catholic understanding of marriage for the goodness of his medical action, apparently, is not a prerequisite.

That the case had to be negotiated for many years and through all the instances up to the European court of justice and again went back, is worthy of note, because the Catholic Church in Germany has in the meantime changed your own work right. At least the quasi-automatic termination of employees who have failed in the view of the Church in the event of remarriage or same-sex partnership against the so-called duty of Loyalty, is thus excluded in spite of the initial resistance and even today, the lasting displeasure of some of the bishops–. That this played in the now decided case from Düsseldorf, not a role, may be regretted, on the other hand, the courts, the possibility of cases, a decision in principle. And nothing less is the judgment.

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Here, the basic law protecting the right to self-determination of the Church is damaged in any way. All of us in this country may continue to believe what you think is credible and in their lives thereafter – as long as you break no laws. But anyone, any employee, may be imposed on certain conduct, if that affects the self-understanding of the Church is unreasonable. However, decide for themselves – as it is now in the düsseldorf case, secular courts, not the Church. And so the Erfurt-based judgment is, once again, it is an appropriate occasion to make the relationship between the state and the Church as a whole to the test.

From General taxes paid to bishops, and theology chairs? Annual compensation payments in the millions, the so-called state services for expropriations from the time of Napoleon? A private labour law, with Associates-Tüv? Religion as a regular school subject? Crosses in courts and other administrative Offices? Such privileges of the churches in Germany quickly removed. And before the Protest is too loud: This is not a call to a new persecution of Christians, but to the consistent implementation of a separation of Church and state, as she had made the Weimar national Assembly already exactly one hundred years ago.

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But with your networking up to the highest political circles, it is managed to the churches in Germany still, to mobilize sufficient resistance in order to defend their special position in the state. So it was in Weimar, so it was under the Nazis, not the other way after the war, in the Bonn Republic.

Also in the Berlin Republic, it is not managed in nearly thirty years, Religion and the Church the place which should you get in a secular state alone: behind the door of his own apartment. What is the a believe or the other is not, is a private matter, which must of course also be represented to the public. This guarantees the right to freedom of expression regardless of the Faith.

a guide for Action by the state, but Religion is not allowed to be. How to justify in a country whose citizens are able to make in – the-street interviews on television, the difference between Christmas and Easter, it is often only in the range of Chocolate sculptures-Church of taxpayers. Undoubtedly, Germany has roots historically deep Christian. But it is already long no longer a Christian nation. The finally to recognize and respect change in the society could state to the Church and to be honest with each other. Both, the fight currently, but your credibility would benefit from a clear separation – and it is not even about the money.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.