Posts Tagged ‘German bishops’

Communion policy must be resolved locally says Pope Comments 0

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

German bishops abandon controversial Missal translation Comments 0

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The German bishops appear to have abandoned a controversial new German translation of the Missal that was based on Liturgiam authenticam, the Congregation for Divine Worship’s 2001 document. Liturgiam authenticam insisted on greater fidelity to the Latin original in liturgy translations. The conference president Cardinal Reinhard Marx has called Liturgiam authenticam, a “dead end”. Read Read more

Number of German priest ordinations plummets to new low Comments 0

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Ordinations in Germany have dropped by 50 per cent in the last decade. The decrease reflects a continuous downward trend, with only 122 diocesan priests ordained in 2005; five decades ago, in 1965, the number was 500. While there were almost 20,000 Catholic priests in Germany in 1990, today their number has already dropped to Read more

NZ lumped in with Germany in terms of synod offerings Comments 1

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

The head of the Polish bishops’ conference has lumped New Zealand in with the German bishops in terms of contributions at last year’s synod on the family. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki discussed the synod in a recent interview with EWTN Germany. The archbishop was asked about if there had been a “German-Polish” war at the synod. Read more

Bishop tells of papal veiled hint at more married priests Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

A German bishop has recounted an incident in which Pope Francis showed no opposition to the concept of more married priests. The auxiliary Bishop of Hamburg, Bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke, spoke of this on a German television talk show “Nachtcafe”. Bishop Jaschke mentioned the meeting between the German bishops and the Pope on November 20 last Read more

African church growth put down to lack of education Comments 0

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The editor of the German bishops’ website has said the Church is growing in Africa because of a lack of education and because Africans have little else. Björn Odendahl said this on Katholisch.de in an article entitled “The Romantic, Poor Church”. “Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent Read more

Pope says Church renewal starts in Confession Comments 0

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

The beginning of the renewal of the Church begins in Confession, Pope Francis has told Germany’s bishops. Pope Francis spoke to the German bishops in audience on November 20 and offered a blunt assessment of their nation’s church. The Pontiff said he hoped the Jubilee Year of Mercy might revive the sacraments of Confession and Read more

Bishops won’t let synod dictate pastoral practice in Germany Comments 2

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The president of the German bishops’ conference says October’s synod on the family cannot prescribe in detail the pastoral practice for Germany. Cardinal Reinhard Marx told a German newspaper the German Church “cannot wait” for synodal statements, as marriage and family ministry has to be undertaken now. The German bishops therefore want to publish their Read more

Churches share blame for war-mongering before World War I Comments 1

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Germany’s Catholic bishops have acknowledged that churches share responsibility for “war-mongering” in the build up to the First World War. In a statement, the bishops said the Great War’s dimensions were “shocking”. The conflict from 1914 to 1918 left 16 million dead and 21 million wounded. The centenary of the outbreak of the war was Read more

German bishops continue with communion plan for divorcees. Bishops say CDF head is not the Pope Comments 1

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

The leader of the German bishops’ conference has defended a plan by the prelates to offer Communion to divorced Catholics, saying he feels “strengthened” by Pope Francis on the matter despite opposition from the Vatican’s highest doctrinal official. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German Episcopal Conference, says that in reflecting on the opposition to Read more