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Vatican Now in Crisis Management Mode with German Bishops

Sources say that two senior cardinals wanted to bring the president of the German bishops’ conference to Rome for correction regarding his recent controversial comments, but were overruled by Pope Francis. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, March 26, 2021 VATICAN CITY — In... read more

German Catholic Archbishop Offers to Resign from Office After Abuse Report Findings

A long-awaited report published on Thursday raised serious concerns about Archbishop Heße’s handling of several cases during his time in Cologne. National Catholic Register, March 19, 2021 HAMBURG, Germany — A German Catholic archbishop announced on Thursday that he was offering his... read more

Cardinal Marx’s Handling of Abuse Cases Under Scrutiny

A criminologist who was commissioned by the German bishops to investigate clergy abuse cases has alleged that the cardinal intervened to undermine his investigation. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, March 17, 2021 VATICAN CITY — German Cardinal Reinhard Marx has rejected as... read more

Vatican cardinal clashes with German theologian over ‘Eucharistic meal fellowship’

Catholic News Agency, February 10, 2021 Vatican cardinal has responded to a German theologian who criticized him for opposing a proposal for a “Eucharistic meal fellowship” between Catholics and Protestants. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian... read more

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

THE EUTHANASIA CANCER SPREADS

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Row over unpublished report on Cologne clerical sex abuse cover-up Report falls victim to legal claims and a power battle among two church camps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