"I believe that people were surprised when I accepted the invitation but this was important to me".
What have you learnt from the discussion?
"I had indicated that I would not come here just to drink a coffee and to take a breath of air but we had a serious discussion and there are matters that are thought provoking, not least the relationship between homosexual and lesbian people and the Church. We know that this is not without tension having regard for the situation of the other and listening to each other respectfully, these are, for example, ideas which I take from here, for instance. It is the case that the Catholic Church is strong here in Trier and in the region of Trier- it is important to take real notice and to listen where there are pressure points and it is possible people feel put on the defensive.
For many of those concerned, it is important to remain in the Church, associated with the hope of step by step removing discrimination and marginalisation.