Posts Tagged ‘German Synodal Path’

It’s official – some of German Synodal Path not happening

Monday, November 27th, 2023
German Synodal Path

Some German Synodal Path suggestions for change won’t be happening, says the Vatican. Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has written an official note to the German Bishops’ Conference secretary general, Beate Gilles to clarify the Vatican’s stance on the German Synodal Path reform proposals. Non-negotiable issues Some issues are “non-negotiable”, Parolin told Gilles, Read more

Pope intervenes in German Synodal Path plan

Thursday, November 23rd, 2023
German Synodal Path

Pope Francis has written a letter about several proposals regarding the German Synodal Path and “the numerous concrete steps that are taking place”. On Tuesday this week German news outlet Die Welt published a copy of the letter which was addressed to four recipients. Those four are German women who resigned from the Synodal Path Read more

Germany’s synodal committee drops two-thirds of bishops vote rule

Thursday, November 16th, 2023
two-thirds of Bishops

The committee responsible for enacting the reforms proposed by the German Church’s “Synodal Path” has removed the requirement that two-thirds of Bishops must vote in favour of a decision for it to pass. Previously for a vote to pass, two-thirds of bishops were required to vote in favour of a decision; now, it requires only Read more

Halted appointment of theology dean rocks the Vatican and beyond

Monday, July 10th, 2023

A recent Vatican decision to not allow a progressive theologian to become the dean of a theological university in Italy highlights the fractures within the Catholic Church over sexual morality while also hinting at divisions inside the Vatican itself. The Rev. Martin Lintner was selected by its faculty to become dean of the prestigious Theological Read more

Top Vatican official urges dialogue with German bishops on same-sex blessings

Thursday, March 16th, 2023
German same-sex blessings

The German bishops can expect a discussion with the Vatican over their vote in favour to bless same-sex unions. The move, made by the influential and wealthy German Church, does not align with official Catholic doctrine, which forbids such blessings. “A local, particular church cannot make a decision like that which involves the discipline of Read more

Top Vatican cardinals express concern about German Synodal Path

Thursday, December 1st, 2022
Vatican concern Synodal Path

Two top Vatican officials expressed concern that German bishops were allowing participants in the Synodal Path to adopt positions in contrast to the faith of the universal church, particularly regarding sexuality and women’s ordination. The bishops met on 18 November with the heads of Vatican dicasteries to discuss the Synodal Path. The German bishops’ conference Read more

Germany’s bishops assure Vatican but vow to proceed with reforms

Monday, November 21st, 2022
Germany's bishops to proceed with reforms

Germany’s Catholic bishops have assured the Vatican that their “Synodal Path” won’t lead to a schism; however, they vowed to proceed with reforms. Summarising the German position, the head of the German bishops’ conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing, said the German church would not make decisions that were the Vatican’s to make. “We are Catholic,” Bätzing Read more

Catholic teaching on sexuality ‘too simple’

Monday, November 14th, 2022
Church teaching

Catholic teaching on sexuality needs a new perspective, says German Bishop Helmut Dieser. “Same-sex feelings and love are not an aberration, but a variant of human sexuality,” he says. Homosexuals have a right to church support and blessing. Dieser (pictured), who is the spokesman on abuse issues for the German bishops’ conference, says the current Read more

German bishop demands apology from Cardinal over Nazi comparison

Thursday, October 6th, 2022
Cardinal Koch Nazi comparison

The president of the German bishops’ conference Bishop Georg Bätzing sat down with Cardinal Kurt Koch on October 4 to clear the air with the ‘Christian Unity’ president. Bätzing had demanded an apology from the Vatican’s Koch (pictured) over comments that brought up Germany’s Nazi past. He lamented what he called Koch’s “untenable statements” about the Read more

Synod official expresses confidence in Germany’s Synodal Path

Thursday, September 1st, 2022

Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, said he continues to have confidence in the Synodal Path of the Catholic Church in Germany. “Perhaps the communication on the reform project could have been better,” Grech said in an interview with Anna Mertens, editor of the German Catholic news agency KNA, published on 29 Read more