German Bishops

Bishop Georg Bätzing

German Catholic bishop dismisses cardinal’s fear that ‘Synodal Way’ could lead to split

CNA Staff, September 18, 2020 The president of the German bishops’ conference dismissed Friday suggestions that the controversial “Synodal Way” could lead to a split in the Church. Bishop Georg Bätzing made the comment Sept. 18 after Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne said that... read more

Women take to pulpits in German diocese: “It is not enough to give testimony only in the family or at work”

By: Mada Jurado , Novena News, September 3, 2020 Women are to take to pulpits in a German diocese, saying “it is not enough to give testimony only in the family or at work.” Sermons are usually given by priests, but that’s about to change in the Diocese of Osnabrück, where for a... read more

German Catholics debate sexuality and the place of women

Participants of the synodal path initiated met in five cities of the country. In Berlin, where "La Croix" went, the discussions were sometimes heated By Delphine Nerbollier, LaCroix, September 7, 2020 German Catholics who are delegates for the Synodal Path have held their latest plenary... read more

Germany: Toward the Collapse of the Seminaries

FFSPX News, July 18, 2020 In 1962, the year the Second Vatican Council opened, Germany ordained 557 priests. Almost 60 years later, in 2020, only 57 of those priest remain in the priesthood. The German Church, stuck more than ever in the synodal swamp, is struggling to find... read more

Catholic Church in Germany Lost a Record Number of Members Last Year

According to the new figures, the number of Catholics in the country fell from 23 million in 2018 to 22.6 million in 2019. Catholic News Agency WASHINGTON — A record number of Catholics formally left the Church in Germany in 2019, according to official figures released Friday. The... read more

Sex, Women, Power. The Three Challenges Germany Is Issuing To the Church

L'Espresso, May 6, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has made the “synodal path” of the Church of Germany disappear from the news. But meanwhile it continues forward. And on it not only the German Church, but the universal Catholic Church is staking its future: The synod held its first... read more

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Germany, towards controlled resumption of liturgies. Catholic and Protestant Churches submit proposals to Government

Agensir.It, April 27, 2020 The so-called “Corona Cabinet” of the Federal Government has received 16 memoranda and projects for the “resumption” of worship from different religious denominations in Germany. Recommendations for public liturgies and gatherings will be discussed from today... read more

Cardinal Marx’s protégé completes a rapid rise to the top

By Jon Anderson, Catholic Herald, March 12, 2020 Following the resignation of Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) has a new president. Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg was elected for a six-year term at the DBK’s spring plenary meeting in Mainz. Bishop Bätzing,... read more

Latin American bishops to ask Pope for married priests in wake of new Amazon exhortation

Close collaborators of the Pope made it clear that Francis' post-synodal exhortation Querida Amazonia did not close the door to the married priesthood. By Maike Hickson, LifeSite News, March 4, 2020 Monsignor Pirmin Spiegel, the head of the German bishops' relief agency Misereor, announced... read more

German Jesuit, Key Influence on ‘Synodal Path,’ Resigns Position

As secretary of the German bishops’ conference, the Jesuit priest has shaped the direction of the German Church for the past quarter century and has been a leading figure behind its controversial current ‘synodal path.’ By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, February 25,... read more

Prominent German Catholics publicly resist bishops’ plan to ‘Protestantize’ Church in Germany

German profs, journalists, and other Catholic personalities have banded together to oppose the German bishops’ synodal path. By Maike Hickson, LifeSite, February 26, 2020 Prominent German Catholics who are faithful to the Church and her perennial teachings have come out publicly to... read more
Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Cardinal Marx to step down as head of German bishops

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