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Bishops: Drop Bills on Translation of Sermons

Bishops are urging the government to drop a proposal to translate sermons.

It writes Kristeligt Dagblad.

The announcement comes after the government announced that it will submit a bill to translate sermons in other languages ‚Äč‚Äčinto Danish this year.

But the government should not, according to a unified college of bishops in the People’s Church.

The bishops believe that the intent of the proposal cannot be revised or made tolerable. Therefore, it should be dropped completely.

– It would be a hard blow for the many Danish congregations living around the world if other states introduced similar measures as those proposed in the planned bill, writes Bishop of the Diocese of Copenhagen Peter Skov-Jakobsen in a letter according to Kristeligt Dagblad .

The letter was sent on behalf of the rest of the bishops of the Danish National Church to Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) and four other ministers.

The bishops emphasize that they are concerned about the consequences of the bill, partly because it will “express a strong suspicion towards people who are loyal Danish citizens, but of other cultural and linguistic backgrounds”.

The bishops believe that the bill could damage the Danish National Church’s cooperation with migrant congregations as well as the Danish National Church in the Faroe Islands, in Greenland and in the border country.

According to Kristeligt Dagblad, this is the third time in a month that the bishops address the government directly in connection with politics in the church area.

On Friday, the bishops sent an unsolicited consultation response to Minister of Health and the Elderly Magnus Heunicke (S) with a call for the Danish National Church to be represented in a forthcoming epidemic commission.

In addition, the bishops have criticized Church Minister Joy Mogensen (S) for having disbanded a migrant committee.

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