Bishop does not slow down in car despite church's wishes


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In an interview, a regional bishop of the German Protestant Church (EKD) admits that he does not adhere to a speed limit set by his church.

The regional bishop of the Protestant Church in Württemberg, Ernst-Wilhelm Gohl (Stuttgart), explained this in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Gohl. Photo Facebook

At its meeting in Magdeburg, in early November, the EKD synod spoke out in favour of complying with a corresponding maximum speed when driving “in a church context”. This means that people from the EKD must adhere to a speed limit of 100 km/h on motorways and 80 km/h on country roads.

But Gohl does not agree with the decision. "I'll say quite frankly: This self-commitment didn't make sense." According to him, such regulations are not the task of the church. It should not be perceived primarily as a patronising moral institution. “People are increasingly allergic to it. Our job is to carry hope into the world,” says Gohl.



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