Bishop Genn wants to focus on the perspective of victims of abuse

"In what I do and get underway, I try to be guided by it, to put the perspective of the victims and victims in the center. It is not about improving the reputation of the church again, but listening to those affected and as well as possible to meet their concerns. "The Bishop of Münster, Dr. med. Felix Genn, now emphasized in a letter to the members of the parish councils and church councils in the diocese of Münster. "Focus on the perspective of those affected" In the letter and a flyer, the bishop informs the volunteers, "what we as a Catholic Church in the diocese of Münster have actually done and will continue to do so in the fight against sexual abuse. "The bishop thanks parish councilors and church council members for their continued commitment despite the burden of this topic. Bishop Genn emphasizes: "This is hardly a matter of course". He assures the volunteer that it is important for him to have the past worked on by independent experts. "Looking to the future, with external help, we will do our utmost to prevent sexual abuse in the church space, as far as that goes," writes the bishop. But the diocese will not stop there. Bishop Genn: "Beyond the guilt and responsibility of individual perpetrators and accused, as well as those who have protected offenders and not victims, there are also systemic conditions that favor sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The compelling consequence can only be that we change these systemic conditions as much as possible. Hereby we deal with emphasis and with external support at the level of the German Bishops' Conference; We will also discuss and deal with the responsible persons of the universal church in central questions. "The bishop makes it clear, however, that even in the diocese itself measures must be taken. So the power in the church must be redistributed. "As a bishop, I am willing to give power on my part and, for example, to subordinate myself to a church administrative jurisdiction," he writes. In addition, more external expertise should be used to solve key issues in all central bodies. Bishop Genn: "Professional support from external experts is helpful and relieves pressure. We need a more permeable church, not a closed system. This can only be a benefit for the Church. "In addition to the integration of external competences, the in-church, very diverse and highly competent expertise must continue to play an important role, emphasizes the Bishop. Bishop Genn concludes his letter with a, as he points out, personally very important statement: "I want that in the diocese of Münster we are not a church of prohibitions and commandments, but a church that lives in relationship to the people and allows the relationship with Jesus Christ. We announce the Good News. This must be experienced by people in everyday life; and as a bishop, I can and want to open the space, that is possible. This certainly also means that we are less jammed and moralizing in terms of human sexuality, but make clear what a wonderful gift sexuality is. "He encourages volunteers to contribute to the debates with further suggestions, ideas and suggestions. So perhaps it could succeed "to establish a culture of the open and gladly also constructive-critical immediate dialogue". Bishop Genn: "Talking and wrestling with one another is more helpful than exchanging criticisms over and over again - especially through the media. Just tell me directly what does not suit you, my decisions or my attitude! "In the flyer, which is also found on the Internet at, informed the diocese, among other things, the cooperation with the prosecution, the support for those affected, the procedures in the diocese, the consequences for the accused, the review of the past and the prevention work. In addition, the flyer contains the most important contact data for those affected and for other people who have questions about dealing with sexual abuse. [...]

Europe's leading bicycle city - a vision for Bocholt

A commentary by BERTHOLD BLESENKEMPERFreher gave in Bocholt still people with visions. The former Town Planning Officer Klaus Fehlemann was one such. He suggested decades ago to cover the entire city center. At the time he was thought to be a little crazy. Today Bocholt would be famous if one had realized his idea of ​​that time. Instead, the city has been entangled in Klein-Klein for years. As commented on this point, it is sometimes a shopping city, a future city, sometimes a European city, sometimes a university city, sometimes a fair trade city, a sports city, an industrial city in the open, sometimes Best Christmas City and sometimes a climate municipality. Bocholt is everything and therefore nothing. It would be so easy. Bocholt would have to focus consistently on what it has always been and has always been successful: Fahrradstadt. No, that's not enough: we should be Europe's leading bicycle city. A city with the best bike dealers (we already have), with a large annual bike fair (we already have in the beginning), with beautiful bike paths (we already have), with digital bike rental instead of manual -Stick Stations, with a park and -Bike system, with a bicycle museum (many historical exhibits are already in the city), with a wheel track on the ring (an idea of ​​the Greens), with a focus on bicycle development engineering studies at the FH, with bicycle fast lanes in the outdoor areas, with a bike hall on the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Strasse ;-), a bike hotel, with a largely car-free city (already suggested by the SPD) and, and, and. Completely car-free does not work? But! The Spanish city of Pontevedra has proven it. With such a consistent focus and branding Bocholt would kill five birds with one stone. The city would finally have a common goalBocholt would be widely knownCity and tourism would be strengthenedClimate protection would be significantly improvedInvestment would pay for itself quickly "Anyone who has visions should go to the doctor," Alt-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt once said. I think it's more with the Japanese. They have the following saying: "A vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare! "[...]

Forecast: Bocholt shrinks to 2040 on 66.000 residents

The race for the number two of the cities in the Münsterland has already lost Bocholt, according to the Westfälische Nachrichten. For years, the Rheine and Bocholt delivered in this point a head-to-head race. Now Rheine has grown to almost 80.000 residents. Bocholt, on the other hand, according to an update of the 2011 census, has statistically shrunk to only 71.000 residents at the same time. On top of that. Until 2040, the statistical office of the state of NRW predicts a further decrease of almost eight percent in its municipal model calculation to only 66.000 residents. In the town hall the alarm bells ring. One reason for the negative development is the demographic development. So until 2040 only a little more than half as many Bocholters are born as die. In addition, the largest city in Westmünsterland has for years had a negative migration balance among the German population. If not so many foreigners come to the city at the moment, the situation would be even worse. Experts, according to a report in today's issue of the BBV, are responsible, among other things, for the tense housing situation. Living in the city is comparatively expensive, it says in the article. In addition, affordable housing is scarce. The same applies to commercial space. This hampers economic development. Weaknesses are also identified in the area of ​​soft location factors such as education and culture, and: "Bocholt also has to make itself known to the outside," quoted Bocholter-Borkener Volksblatt Sascha Terörde, head of the future and strategy bureau in the town hall.Read more about this Comment "Europe's leading bicycle city - a vision for Bocholt" by Berthold Blesenkemper [...]

How does Bocholt sound?

Bocholt (lwl). Rattling looms, shrill bicycle bells and blustering construction sites: Does the city of Bocholt have its own sound? How does he change? And does Bocholt sound different from other European cities? These are the questions asked by the young participants of the EU Youth Camp, which the city of Bocholt and the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) are organizing this week. In the style of the current special exhibition "Sounds of Changes" (5.4.-8.9.2019) in the textile factory Bocholt put their trust in the young people at the project camps of the youth camp and create their own sound collages. The collected sounds will be presented on Friday (19.7.) At 14.30 Uhr in the spinning mill of the LWL-Industriemuseum. Interested visitors are welcome with free entry. On four project days, the European young people explore the city from an acoustic perspective and exchange ideas about the sounds of their home countries. With recorders they set off in search of the "Sound of Bocholt". They record a variety of different sounds, which they then creatively zusammenschneiden.Die young people present their finished sound collages as a noise quiz in the throttle room. Who recognizes the sound of the arcades? Or the splashing of the Aa? Was that an electric car or a bicycle? Happy counseling is expressly desired. Location: LWL-Industriemuseum Textilwerk Bocholt | Spinnerei, Industriestraße 5Date: Friday, 19.7.2019time: 14: 30 UhrEintritt frei [...]

"Live Speaker" at Textilwerk Bocholt

Bocholt (lwl). "It's easy to talk", it is now announced in the special exhibition "Fashion Material" at Textilwerk Bocholt. Those who want to experience the exhibited creations of the Berlin textile designer Stephan Hann in the LWL-Industriemuseum and have questions, can address "Live Speaker" during the summer holidays - they are museum educators who are eager to share their knowledge with the visitors. From now on, the new agency offers the Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) Landscape Association every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 15 to 18. The "live speakers" can be recognized by a red button with a white question mark. They answer questions, provide a rough orientation or offer a short discussion - just as the individual visitors would like. Location: LWL-Industriemuseum Textilwerk Bocholt, Spinnerei, Industriestraße 5Date: 17.7. - 24.8., Always Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: 15 to 18 pm Museum: 4 Euro, children and adolescents to 18 years free [...]

Upcycling for children: children build a "fast bee"

Bocholt (PID). In cooperation with the City Library Bocholt, the waste management consultancy of the disposal and service company Bocholt (ESB) on Wednesday offers 24. July 19, an upcycling class for children. The action begins in the afternoon at 15: 30 clock in the media center on the Hindenburgstraße and ends at about 17 clock. Registration is not required. From small doses, the small participants make a brisk can bee. "It is important to discover how easy it can be to turn something that has become outdated, in this case cans, bottle caps and plastic bottles, into something new and beautiful," says Karin Kalka-Freundt from Abfallberatung. The required material is provided free of charge. [...]