Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki’

German Cardinal Woelki wants to stay archbishop, calls pope ‘old man’

Monday, April 4th, 2022

German Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki is calling for a fresh start in Cologne, Germany’s largest Catholic archdiocese, but raised eyebrows after describing the pope as an “old man.” The cardinal wants to remain archbishop, but is placing his fate in the hands of the pope, Woelki told a closed diocesan pastoral council meeting in the Read more

German church urges quick decision on divisive archbishop

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

The head of the German Bishops’ Conference on Monday pressed for a quick decision from Pope Francis on the future of a prominent archbishop who faces strong criticism for his handling of the church’s sexual abuse scandal. Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, the archbishop of Cologne, said that he had offered his resignation to the pontiff Read more

Cologne’s cardinal offers pope resignation over scandals

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022
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Cologne’s cardinal, Rainer Maria Woelki, for a second time, has offered his resignation to Pope Francis. Woelki has been facing strong criticism for several months for his responses to allegations of child abuse in the Church. He chose to take a five-month break from his duties last September after the Vatican report accused him of Read more

German Catholics bewildered cardinal not sacked

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Catholics bewildered by Woelki decision

Many German Catholics have been left bewildered by Pope Francis’ decision to confirm Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki as Cardinal Archbishop of Cologne. Francis has also granted Woelki several months to reflect on the events that led him to offer the pontiff his resignation. The reaction of German conference president, Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, to Read more

Cardinal’s abuse inaction causes protestants to abandon church

Thursday, February 18th, 2021
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Pressure is mounting on German Cardinal Woelki to act decisively on sexual abuse allegations in the archdiocese of Cologne. The number of Catholics leaving the church, centred on Cologne, has reached a record 1,000 a month. But Protestants are also voting with their feet. The Cologne archdiocese’s “sluggish” efforts to clear up the abuse scandal Read more

Communion policy must be resolved locally says Pope

Monday, May 7th, 2018

The Communion policy dividing the German bishops conference will not be resolved by the Vatican, Pope Francis says. Instead, the bishops must resolve the problem among themselves. The policy agreed to by over three quarters of the bishops will allow the non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive Communion in certain circumstances. The policy says one of Read more