German Bishops

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

German ‘Synodal Path’ Aims to Shape Vatican Decisions, Says Plan’s Architect

‘We believe it is unacceptable that all issues decided in Rome, now and in the future, should be taken largely without the participation of the local Churches,’ Jesuit Father Hans Langendörfer told a German newspaper. Edward Pentin Blog, January 30, 2020 One of the chief architects of... read more
Cardinal Reinhard Marx

German bishops’ synod working doc calls for approval of contraception, homosexuality, women’s ordination

The 'synodal path' working doc defended the use of contraception, masturbation, and homosexuality. By Martin Bürger, LifeSite News, January 29, 2020 The working documents in preparation for the assemblies of the German bishops’ “Synodal Path” defend the use of contraception, the... read more

No, Cardinal Marx, the Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Couples

No, Cardinal Marx, the Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Couples By Eduardo J. Echeverria, December 30, 2019 Once again, the German archbishop, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, responded positively to the question, “What do you do when a homosexual couple asks you for an episcopal blessing.”  He... read more

Cardinal Müller: Church Crisis Comes From Abandoning God, Adapting to Culture

Catholic News Agency, January 1, 2020 PHOENIX, Ariz. — The crisis facing the Catholic Church today has arisen from an attempt – even by some within the Church - to align with the culture and abandon the teachings of the faith, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller Jan. 1. “The crisis in the... read more

Vatican hosts youth conference with pro-abortion UN activists

By Diane Montagna  ROME, November 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — With so much attention focused in recent weeks on the violation of the first commandment, further attacks on the fifth and sixth commandments have gone unnoticed in Vatican City. In the middle of the Amazon Synod, a smaller... read more

10 German Dioceses Push for Major Changes During Upcoming ‘Synodal Path’

According to a joint open letter released in Germany, vicars general say ‘fundamental reform’ is ‘essential’ and ask that accusations that participants are ‘lacking orthodoxy’ be avoided during the two-year synodal process. Edward Pentin Blog, November 6, 2019 Now that the... read more

There’s a Pony in Here Somewhere: A Post-Synodal Reflection

By George Weigel, First Things, October 28, 2019 According to his longtime consigliere, Edwin Meese, President Ronald Reagan must have told the “pony joke” at least a thousand times. The story involves the super-optimistic child whose parents take him to a psychiatrist, along with his... read more
Cardinal Schönborn (Vienna)

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

The Archbishop of Vienna, a member of the drafting committee on the final document, also said he hadn’t reviewed evidence that the pro-abortion Ford Foundation is funding key synod groups. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, October 21, 2019 Despite being one of the four members of... read more
Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg. Credit: Estefania Aguirre/CNA

German bishops vote to adopt statutes for Synodal Assembly