Clemens Bittlinger

Clemens Bittlinger performing at the German Evangelical Church Congress in Dresden (June 2011)

Clemens Bittlinger (born 8 August 1959 in Mannheim, Germany) is a Protestant minister, author of books as well as a song writer of many new sacred songs (German: Neues Geistliches Lied, NGL) and children songs in German.


Clemens Bittlinger was born in 1959 in Mannheim, Germany. He was brought up with three siblings in Germany and the United States, moving around to places where his father was a priest. Inspired by the guitarist John Pearse, he started to play the guitar when he was 14. He also started to write his own songs; and in 1978 he recorded four of them on his first EP.

While working on his first LP Mensch, bist Du's wirklich, he met the Swiss pianist and producer of music, David Plüss - with whom Bittlinger is still performing together at some concerts. In the beginning of the 1980s Bittlinger studied theology in Mainz und Erlangen and was also a member of the choir Aufwind. Already in these days, Clemens Bittlinger gave around 100 to 120 concerts per year. In 1990 he finished his studies and was ordained a priest for the Evangelische Kirche in Hessen und Nassau, where he was given the special task to work on the musical-cultural mission of the church.

Clemens Bittlinger is married with Rosi and has two children.


In mid-September, 2008, German-speaking and English-speaking media reported that Bittlinger was receiving police protection following threats received over a song, Mensch, Benedikt, in which he addressed ecumenical concerns as a fellow Christian to Pope Benedict.,[1][2][3]

A report in Der Spiegel said that the South Hesse Police Directorate confirmed that one August concert by Bittlinger in Odenwald had had police protection. The weekly news magazine also reported that the song had been the subject of many angry posts in "rechtskonservativen katholischen Internet-Seiten" (right-wing conservative Catholic websites).[4]


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