German Bishops

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

German theologian spearheads transition to a ‘gender appropriate’ Catholic Church

By Claire Giangrave, National catholic Reporter, February 19, 2020 From left, Cardinal Michael Czerny, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri and Sister Augusta de Oliveira hold a copy of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" written by Pope Francis during a press conference at the... read more
Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Cardinal Marx to step down as head of German bishops

By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, February 11, 2020 ROME - On Tuesday, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx announced that he will not seek a second term as head of the national bishops’ conference, citing age and a desire to spend more time in his archdiocese as key reasons for the decision. Marx, who... read more

‘A lack of courage’: Germans divided over Pope Francis’ Amazonian exhortation

Catholic News Agency, February 12, 2020 German Church leaders have offered markedly distinct responses to Querida Amazonia, the apostolic exhortation on the Amazon region released by Pope Francis Feb. 12. Catholic officials in Germany paid close attention to the 2019 Vatican synod that... read more
The Apostle Peter

A Watershed This Week?

By Robert Royal, Catholic Thing, February 10, 2020 This week may mark a watershed in modern Catholicism. On Wednesday, the Amazonia Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation will be released (more on that later in the week). Ever since that head-spinning event (Pachamama was only the most conspicuous... read more

German Catholic cardinal causes outrage with Nazi comparison

A cardinal has caused upset by likening German church reform talks taking place this week with Hitler's rise to power. The cleric and other conservatives say the lay-ecclesiastical synod could undermine papal teachings. Kardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller (picture alliance/Stefano Spaziani) There... read more

Bishop Schneider: ‘The Pope cannot be silent as he watches the wolves devour the flock’

Bishop Athanasius Schneider speaks out against the German bishops’ ‘synodal path.’ By Diane Montagna, LifeSite News, February 3, 2020 Pope Francis has the duty to prevent bishops in Germany from leading clergy and faithful down the “synodal path” over the precipice of heresy,... read more

De Mattei: The Simony of the German Bishops

By Roberto de Mattei, Corrispondenza Romana, January 29, 2020 “How I would like a poor Church for the poor” exclaimed Pope Francis (L’Osservatore Romano, March 17, 2013). The antithesis of his ideal however, is embodied precisely by the church closest to him – the German one. The German... read more
Cardinal Schönborn (Vienna)

Cardinal Schönborn: I Haven’t Read About Criticisms of the Synod