Is the 'you' slowly dying out??

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What is more suitable? More like the "you"? Or perhaps it would be better to call him "you? In the workplace, many companies now use the first person form of address. The more personal form of address is also intended to help break down rigid hierarchies.

The German Bishops' Conference is considering a fundamental change in priestly formation. In an interview, the chairwoman of the Association of Catholic Theological Faculties, Professor Johanna Rahner, expresses strong criticism of the deliberations.

CBA: According to plans of a working group of the German Bishops' Conference, a concentration of priest training on a few locations nationwide is planned. What do you think of the restructuring plans??

Prof. Johanna Rahner (professor in Tubingen and chairwoman of the Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultatentag/KThF): Everything seems very ill-considered and is beyond the needs that actually exist in the formation of the priests of tomorrow. From the point of view of scientific strategy, these ideas are characterized by a high degree of naivety and political ignorance.
CBA: What is behind these proposals?
Rahner: The ideal of a priestly education, as it existed in the middle of the 16th century, is not a reality. The Council of Trent formulated at the end of the sixteenth century. Young men are barracked to prepare them separately from the other students supposedly protected, sheltered and exclusive as a caste of priests for their mission. The considerations may be more important for the 16. and 17. This may have been appropriate in the nineteenth century, but already in the eighteenth. and 19. In the nineteenth century, there were ideas to shape priestly education differently.

Declining membership, financial problems, too few people interested in becoming pastors: what is currently plaguing the two large churches is not an ie at The Salvation Army. The free church celebrates on 2. April in Baunatal near Kassel its 125th anniversary in Germany.