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Influential German Jesuit Behind Synodal Path Finally Steps Down

Although his retirement was announced last year, Father Hans Langendörfer delayed his departure due to the COVID-19 crisis. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, January 9, 2021 BONN, Germany — After announcing his resignation last February, one of the most influential figures in... read more


By Wesley J. Smith, First Things, December 31, 2020The West is tearing itself apart. The symptoms are evident in our bitterly divided politics and the attempts to punish those with heterodox views. But they are particularly evident in the ongoing collapse of the sanctity of human life ethic, which... read more

Row over unpublished report on Cologne clerical sex abuse cover-up Report falls victim to legal claims and a power battle among two church camps

By Derek Scally, Irish Times, November 02, 2020 Germany’s most influential Catholic diocese stands accused of protecting senior bishops after refusing to publish a report outlining their cover-up of clerical sexual abuse. Last February Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, archbishop of Cologne... read more
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
The Seehaus at Wannsee, where Vatican radio was monitored around the clock between 1940 and 1945.

Vatican Radio was ‘positively aggressive’ in countering Nazi ‘fake news’ efforts, new book says

Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Cardinal Marx to step down as head of German bishops

The Apostle Peter

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