Karl Cardinal Lehmann Karl Cardinal Lehmann
Function:
Bishop of Mainz, Germany
Title:
Cardinal Priest of San Leone I
Birthdate:
May 16, 1936
Country:
Germany
Elevated:
Feb 21, 2001
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English Cardinal Lehmann called for sensitivity.
Mar 02, 2005
An official from the Catholic Church in Germany has smoothed over a row with Jewish leaders angered over Pope John Paul II's recent book which he juxtaposes the Holocaust and abortion.

(Deutsche Welle, 26-2-05) Cardinal Karl Lehmann, head of the German Catholic bishops' conference, said on Friday that he had reached agreement with the president of German Jewish Council, Paul Spiegel, over incomparable status of the Holocaust.

"When the Holocaust is taken up or mentioned in political, social or Church speeches a particularly sensitive language is always needed," Lehmann said in a statement.

Jewish leaders in Germany were upset over the pope's new book "Memory and Identity" which evoked the Holocaust and the "legal extermination" that governments sanction by allowing abortion.

The book echoed similar remarks made by the cardinal of Cologne, Joachim Meisner, who compared the mass murder of Herod, Hitler and Stalin with abortion. He later expressed regret for his comparison.
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