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

Dispute ideas, pope tells theologians, but don’t confuse the faithful

By Cindy Wooden, Crux, November 30, 2019 VATICAN CITY - Theologians must explore and debate disputed questions, at times even taking “risks” with what they propose, but those discussions should take place within the academy so as not to confuse the faithful, Pope Francis... read more

Comfort Is Killing the Church

By Kevin Wells, Crisis, October 23, 2019 I saw his collar. It was a sun-splashed late morning and parking spaces were hard to come by for the lunch hour crowd at the Westfield Annapolis Mall in Maryland. For some reason, I squinted into my rearview mirror and saw that the driver trailing was a... read more

Pope Francis: Synodality brought pagans to ‘reject idolatry’

By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency (CNA), October 23, 2019 Pope Francis said Wednesday that the first Christian evangelization of the pagans opened up “a very lively controversy” as the early Church discerned how to absorb new members from outside the people of Israel. In the Acts... read more

Amazon. Three More Cardinals Rebuff the Base Document of the Synod

By Sandro Magister, SeventhHeaven, September 26, 2019 One after another, over three days, three more cardinals - like the Germans Walter Brandmüller and Gerhard Müller before them - have aimed severe criticisms at the “Instrumentum Laboris,” the base document of the upcoming synod on the... 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

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