Cardinal Pell: ‘The duty of the German bishops is to uphold the teachings of Scripture’

By  Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, April 28, 2021 Cardinal George Pell has said in an interview that the situation of the Church in Germany appears “ominous,” underlining that the German bishops must fulfill their duty to uphold the teachings of Scripture. “I think that there... read more

Pope Francis names religious sister, priest as under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA, February 6, 2021 Pope Francis Saturday appointed a Spanish priest and a French religious sister as under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops. It is the first time a woman has held a position of this level within the general secretariat of the Synod of... 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

Pope Francis says Amazon synod was for discernment, not fighting on married priests

Catholic News Agency, September 3, 2020 Pope Francis did not approve a proposal to ordain married men in the Amazon region because the idea was discussed, and even argued about, but not prayerfully discerned at a 2019 synod of bishops, according to notes from the Pope included in an article... 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
Pope Paul VI’s Evangelii Nuntiandi introduced the concept of the new evangelisation.

Short memories on key synods

By George Weigel, The Catholic Weekly, July 4, 2020 Given that he was one of the principal planners and prominent leaders of last October’s special Synod on Amazonia, Cardinal Claudio Hummes OFM, is understandably enthusiastic about the results of that exercise. Indeed, the enthusiasm of... 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

Francis vs. the Deep Church

By Michael Warren Davis, Crisis, March 12, 2020 Does the Vatican have a General Directorate for Personnel? This is, perhaps, the most boring question ever posed by a writer in Crisis Magazine. And yet, as we fumble for an answer, we also come a little closer to understanding one of the most... read more

Pope Francis calls for next world meeting of bishops to focus on ‘synodality’

The vague term is considered by some bishops to be a code word for change in how the Church is structured. By Martin Bürger, LifeSite News, March 9, 2020 ROME, Italy, March 9, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has decided that the next world synod of bishops in October 2022 will focus on... 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
Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Cardinal Marx to step down as head of German bishops

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