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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

Cardinal Burke: ‘I’m Called the Enemy of the Pope, Which I Am Not’ A conversation with Cardinal Raymond Burke.

By Ross Douthat, New York Times, November 9, 2019 In mid-October, while the Catholic Church’s internal debates were reaching another crescendo at a synod for the Amazon region held in Rome, I sat down with Cardinal Raymond Burke, best known as Pope Francis’s most vocal critic in the... read more

Cardinal Burke: Church is ‘experiencing one of the greatest crises … she has ever known’

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews, November 1, 2019 Cardinal Raymond Burke told a sold-out Catholic conference in Detroit last weekend that “there is no question that the Church is currently experiencing one of the greatest crises which she has ever known.” “Today perhaps as at no time... 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

By Ed Condon, Catholc News Agency, September 25, 2019 The bishops of Germany have voted to adopt a set of statutes for their long-planned “Synodal Assembly.” The decision was taken in a vote on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the final day of the plenary session of the German bishops’... read more
Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Apostolic Nuncio to Germany.

Germany’s nuncio encourages attention and fidelity to Pope Francis

Cathlic News Agency, September 24, 2019 The apostolic nuncio to Germany has written to the country’s bishops, comparing a recent letter from Pope Francis to German Catholics with a historic Nazi-era encyclical of Pius XI. In a letter to mark the opening of the German bishops’... read more

Theologian withdraws from German synodal path

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2019 / 03:08 pm (CNA).- A member of the International Theological Commission has announced that she is no longer available to participate in the “binding synodal path” undertaken by the bishops’ conference of Germany. Marianne Schlosser, a member of the... read more

Analysis: Cardinal Marx’s next step on the German synodal path

By Ed Condon, Catholic News Agency, September 18, 2019 This week, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops’ conference, travels to Rome. There he will meet with Cardinal Marc Ouellet, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, to clear up some “misunderstandings”... read more

Vatican officials offer guidance for German Church gathering

Cindy Wooden, Sep 13, 2019, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Vatican officials offer guidance for German Church gathering Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, president of the German bishops’ conference, speaks to the press at the beginning of the German bishops’ fall assembly in Fulda,... read more

Pope Benedict reacts to criticisms of his letter on the sex abuse crisis

By Maike Hickson, LifeStiteNews, August 27, 2019 In a short commentary for the Catholic German journal Herder Korrespondenz, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI responds to Birgit Aschmann, a history professor who criticized his April 2019 letter on the sex abuse crisis. In his response to Aschmann,... read more
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst.

‘Bling Bishop’ a classic case of Vatican’s ‘Ironic Employment Division’