German Bishops Refuse to Stop Creating and Selling Pornography

The German Bishops own a company that sells pornography: WELTBILD. A group of faithful Catholics in Germany have asked the Bishops to stop offering this offensive material for sale, but the Bishops refuse to do so. Their defense is twofold. First, the so-called pornography sold by the company does not meet the legal definition of pornography. Second, that material constitutes only a small portion of the total offerings of the company: 0.017% of the 1.7 billion Euros of yearly sales (

My reply is that the Bishops have 100% ownership of the company, and therefore they are 100% responsible for 100% of its offerings.

Ownership of WELTBILD is divided between the Bishops’ Conference (24%), the Archdiocese of Munchen and Freising (13%), the diocese of Augsburg (13%) and 11 other diocese with percentage ownerships ranging from two to seven percent. (

Also, the 0.017% (of 1.7 billion Euros) of sales is over $370,000 U.S. Dollars per year that the Church in Germany earns from pornography. The exact percent is not at issue. It is immoral for the Bishops to sell this material at all. This material is not the equivalent to an R-rated movie. It is blatant pornography:

The 2,500 erotic books in their online catalogue, including those from Blue Panther Books, an erotic book publisher owned by Weltbild, are only one example. Their titles include: “Anwaltshure” (Lawyer’s Whore), “Vögelbar” (F—kable) and “Schlampen-Internat” (Sluts’ Boarding School).

The Church also owns a 50% share in publishing company Droemer Knaur which produces pornographic books, and so indirectly is also a publisher of pornographic material, titles including “Nimm mich hier und nimm mich jetzt!” (Take Me Here, Take Me Now!), and “Sag Luder zu mir!” (Call Me Slut!). []

So the German Bishops not only own a company that sells hundreds of pornographic titles, they also wholly own an “erotic” book publisher and have half ownership of another company that produces erotic books. It doesn’t matter that they “only” earn hundreds of thousand dollars a year from selling pornography and erotic material, it is still gravely immoral. The decision by the Bishops of Germany to continue selling these titles is an objective mortal sin. For they could easily order their company Weltbild to cut the 2,500 titles from their offerings. This would not reduce sales or income substantially, since these titles are far less than 1% of their products. It is a grave sin of omission that they refuse to do so.

The German Bishops also have 50% ownership of Droemer Knaur which has a small section of erotic books. They could easily omit these titles from the company’s offerings, without putting the company out of business. And 50% ownership is sufficient influence to obtain such a change.

But to make this sin even worse, the German Bishops, through Weltbild, wholly own Blue Panther Books (Google translate version of the page), a company that publishes nothing but erotica and pornography. These are not Harlequin romance novels, but written pornography. By owning a company that produces pornography, the Bishops are committing the sin of creating pornography.

The defense that Weltbild offers, that these titles do not meet the narrow legal definition of pornography in Germany is ridiculous. Are the German Bishops saying that the German faithful may purchase and use any type of “erotic” material, as long as it does not meet the legal definition of pornography? And what about the sin of scandal — that the Bishops own one company that produces this material, and own another company that sells it would seem to imply that buying and using this pornography is moral. The Bishops are adding the grave sin of scandal to the sins of creating pornography and distributing pornography.

The willingness of the German Bishops to sin gravely, for the sake of a little more money, is a betrayal of Jesus Christ.

And what does Jesus have to say about this subject?

On money:

{10:23} And Jesus, looking around, said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God!”
{10:24} And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus, answering again, said to them: “Little sons, how difficult it is for those who trust in money to enter into the kingdom of God!
{10:25} It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for the rich to enter into the kingdom of God.”
{11:15} And they went to Jerusalem. And when he had entered into the temple, he began to cast out the sellers and the buyers in the temple. And he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the chairs of the vendors of doves.
{11:16} And he would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple.
{11:17} And he taught them, saying: “Is it not written: ‘For my house shall be called the house of prayer for all nations?’ But you have made it into a den of robbers.”
{11:18} And when the leaders of the priests, and the scribes, had heard this, they sought a means by which they might destroy him. For they feared him, because the entire multitude was in admiration over his doctrine.

{16:13} No servant is able to serve two lords. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will cling to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
{16:14} But the Pharisees, who were greedy, were listening to all these things. And they ridiculed him.
{16:15} And he said to them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of men. But God knows your hearts. For what is lifted up by men is an abomination in the sight of God.

On pornography:

{11:34} Your eye is the light of your body. If your eye is wholesome, your entire body will be filled with light. But if it is wicked, then even your body will be darkened.
{11:35} Therefore, take care, lest the light that is within you become darkness.
{11:36} So then, if your entire body becomes filled with light, not having any part in darkness, then it will be entirely light, and, like a shining lamp, it will illuminate you.”

On Bishops who have gone astray for the sake of money:

{23:14} Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you consume the houses of widows, praying long prayers. Because of this, you shall receive the greater judgment.

{23:16} Woe to you, blind guides, who say: ‘Whoever will have sworn by the temple, it is nothing. But whoever will have sworn by the gold of the temple is obligated.’
{23:17} You are foolish and blind! For which is greater: the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?

{23:23} Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you collect tithes on mint and dill and cumin, but you have abandoned the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, while not omitting the others.

{23:27} Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed sepulchers, which outwardly appear brilliant to men, yet truly, inside, they are filled with the bones of the dead and with all filth.

{22:48} And Jesus said to him, “Judas, do you betray the Son of man with a kiss?”

The German Bishops have betrayed Christ. They now serve mammon and not God.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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5 Responses to German Bishops Refuse to Stop Creating and Selling Pornography

  1. Roger says:

    What does the Vatican say about all this?

  2. John says:

    That is just absolutely despicable and no wonder the Church is being eaten from the inside.

  3. John says:

    Please do not post my previous posu because it gets worse. I found this article that put things in more light.!S1hMEqDQsFQU/

  4. Ron Conte says:

    The morally offensive book “50 shades of gray” is sold by in all three of its volumes. The bishops own the company, in its entirety, but they exercise no moral judgment at all in how it is run.

  5. John Platts says:

    The morality of all acts depends on the following: (a) the intention, (b) the moral object, and (c) the circumstances. For an act to be moral, (a) all of the intentions behind the chosen act must be good, (b) all of the moral objects of the chosen act must be good, and (c) the reasonably anticipated bad consequences of the chosen act must not outweigh the reasonably anticipated good consequences. Two acts can have the same moral object, even if the two acts are not of the same kind according to the laws of a country. For example, direct abortion is a form of murder, and is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral, even when the direct abortion is not considered to be “murder” under the laws of a country. Likewise, the production of an erotic video depicting an actual unnatural sexual act is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral, even when the video is not considered to be “pornographic” under the laws of a country, since producing such a video involves the commission of an unnatural sexual act.

    Determining whether an intention, a moral object, or a consequence is good or evil must be made on the basis of natural law, divine law, the teachings of the Magisterium, and the teachings of Sacred Scripture, and not solely on the basis of the laws of a country. The German bishops had made the claim that the erotic material being published is not pornographic because the erotic material is not “pornographic” according to German law, but such a claim does not necessarily justify the actions of the German bishops. Deciding whether or not owning a company who publishes erotic material must be determined according to the principles of Catholic morality, and not solely on the principles of German law. The German bishops are actually intending to make money by owning Weltbild, but such an intention is not sufficient to justify owning Weltbild or any other business. Although owning a business is not always morally wrong, owning a business that is involved in immoral activities can be morally wrong. The choice to own Weltbild can be reasonably anticipated to have gravely bad consequences, and the bad consequences of such a choice are likely to outweigh the good consequences of such a choice. The bad consequences arising from the choice to own Weltbild include the following: (a) the commission of gravely immoral sexual sins by employees of Weltbild, sellers of books published by Weltbild, purchasers of books published by Weltbild, as well as readers of material published by Weltbild, (b) the damage to marital relationships, (c) the damage done to the minds of the readers of Weltbild’s books, (d) the damnation of souls, and (e) leading the faithful into error regarding a grave matter of morals.

    An American bishop would be committing a similar sin if they chose to own part of [redacted: names of publishers], which are involved in the publication of erotic materials, or if they chose to own part of Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, abortifacent contraceptives, and condoms. Some faithful Catholics in this country would be outraged if at least one American bishop owned part of a publisher of pornographic materials or an abortion provider.

    Should Pope Benedict XVI excommunicate the German bishops for owning pornographic book publishers? Should he remove the German bishops who own pornographic book publishers from the episcopacy and appoint faithful bishops who will not tolerate the ownership of pornographic book publishers?

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