German and Austrian bishops protest that the coronavirus is "not" God’s punishment. A Gloria.tv overview.
For Bamberg Bishop Ludwig Schick, calling the coronavirus a divine punishment is "cynical" and “incompatible" with Christ’s message (March 14).
Hildesheim Bishop Wilmer called the concept of a punishing God “terrible," even "completely un-Christian” (March 30).
For Limburg Bishop Bätzing, the president of the German bishops, the Coronavirus is „certainly" not a punishment of God” who loves “unconditionally” (March 14).
Munich Cardinal Marx believes that understanding the coronavirus as God’s punishment would lead to a “very difficult and negative image of God” (March 21).
For Passau Bishop Stefan Oster God "does not want to punish”, there are only consequences of sin (March 19).
Speyer Bishop Wieseman blasted the concept that the coronavirus is God’s punishment as a “pseudo-religious conspiracy theory” by "fundamentalist" circles (March 21).
Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Austria, said that the virus is “not a punishment from God” because “I” can’t imagine God like that, rather, “God invites us to think” (April 3)."
If the Germans are so adamant, one is inclined to believe the opposite.