Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Reinhard Marx’

Survivors push cardinal to refuse Federal honour

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

An outcry from abuse survivor advocates has seen Munich and Freising’s archbishop refuse the German equivalent of knighthood. Cardinal Reinhard Marx says he wrote to German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday, declining to accept Germany’s only federal decoration. He was scheduled to receive the Federal Cross of Merit at Berlin’s Bellevue Palace today, April 30. Read more

Cardinal donates personal wealth to help child abuse victims

Monday, December 7th, 2020
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The archbishop of Munich, Germany is pledging €500,000 (NZD860,000) of his personal finances to establish a foundation for victims of child abuse. Cardinal Reinhard Marx said the not-for-profit organization Spes et Salus (Hope and Healing) would see the Catholic Church engaged in helping victims process their experiences. Marx said his contribution constituted “by far the Read more

Women priests, married priests still on German agenda

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Women’s ordination and married priests are still on the agenda for Germany’s new bishops’ conference leader, Bishop Georg Bätzing. The new president says throughout the Church’s recent history, “different popes have explained and underlined that women’s access to the priesthood cannot be decided by the Church and Pope Francis is no exception.” “In the Catholic Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx to step down as head of German bishops

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced that he will not seek a second term as head of the national bishops’ conference, citing age and a desire to spend more time in his archdiocese as key reasons for the decision. Marx, who was tapped as the archbishop of Munich and Freising in 2008, was elected president Read more

Plan for halting mass exodus from church underway

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

German bishops are looking for ways to halt the massive exodus from the Church in Germany caused by the clerical abuse crisis. The bishops’ conference launched a two-year “synodal procedure” for church reform last weekend, on the first Sunday of Advent. Working together with the lay Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), special synodal candles Read more

German bishops want to modernise the church. Are they getting too far ahead of Pope Francis?

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Among those who believe the Catholic Church must modernise to save itself from perpetual decline, some of the staunchest advocates are church leaders here in Germany. Some German bishops have spoken in favour of abandoning the celibacy requirement for priests and vaulting women into leadership roles now off-limits. Some have urged updating the religion’s stern Read more

Pope and German Cardinal in constructive dialogue over binding synod

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has held talks with Pope Francis and Cardinal Marc Ouellet about the German bishops’ plans for a “binding synodal path.” Their meetings followed correspondence earlier this month in which Ouellet told Marx earlier the proposed synodal process could not begin without the pope’s approval. Ouellet included a four-page legal assessment of the Read more

Top theologian refuses to continue on German synodal path

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

A member of the International Theological Commission says she is no longer available to participate in the “binding synodal path” proposed by the German bishops’ conference. Marianne Schlosser, who is a professor of theology at the University of Vienna, says she is concerned about the path’s approach and methodology. She was invited to contribute to Read more

Vatican challenges plans for a synod in Germany

Monday, September 16th, 2019

The Vatican says plans for a binding Church synod in Germany are “not ecclesiologically valid.” However, Cardinal Reinhard Marx is defending the “synodal procedure” the German bishops have initiated with the Central Committee of German lay Catholics, against Rome’s attempts to question its canonical legality. He says the German bishops have the right to debate Read more

Widening budget deficit at the Holy See

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Pope Francis has ordered Vatican officials to close a widening budget deficit at the Holy See. They have to stop poorly managed spending and investments from undermining the operations of the Catholic Church’s global headquarters. The forthcoming financial statements will be the Vatican’s first to completely follow international public sector accounting standards. The Holy See’s Read more