German Bishops Head: Coronavirus Not Divine Punishment Since ‘God Does Not Punish’

The president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing, has stated that the coronavirus pandemic is not God’s punishment, contradicting numerous Catholic leaders who have called COVID-19 a “chastisement.”

According to the website of the Diocese of Limburg, Germany, Bätzing said on April 23 that he cannot understand people who consider COVID-19 God’s punishment.

“My God has not known such thoughts since Jesus died for us. That is when God made his decision for life. God does not punish,” he said.

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