BERLIN, Sept 21 ( – Having gained access to leaked documents regarding private communications between the Vatican and German bishops, German newspapers have published the material. Catholic World News reports today that the German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine has published what it claims is a letter from Pope John Paul II to Bishop Karl Lehmann the president of the German bishops’ conference. 

According to the letter, the pope has demanded that the bishops end all Church participation in the government sponsored abortion counselling. The reason for the new directive apparently stems from the fact that although certificates handed out by the Church counselling centres said on them that they were not to be used to obtain abortions, abortionists still accepted the Church certificates as permission.

For background on the case see: 
German Bishops Consult Pope on Abortion Counseling