Posts Tagged ‘German Synodal Way’

Kasper criticises Germany’s Synodal Way reform

Monday, June 27th, 2022
Germany's Synodal Way reform proposals

Germany’s Synodal Way reform proposals have had some sharp criticism from German theologian cardinal Walter Kasper. He agrees reforms are necessary but says the Church should not become “a mass that can be kneaded and shaped to suit the situation”. The proposal to create a permanent Synodal Council to govern the Catholic Church in Germany Read more

German Franciscans elect openly gay Superior General

Thursday, June 16th, 2022
openly gay

A Franciscan province in Germany has elected an openly gay member as its new superior general. Br Markus Fuhrmann (centre) publicly came out as homosexual a few weeks ago. “If I am gay myself, then I want to show that I can also be part of the Church in this ministry,” he said in explanation Read more

Pope Francis to Bishop Bätzing: We don’t need 2 evangelical churches in Germany

Thursday, June 16th, 2022

Pope Francis said in an interview published on Tuesday that he told the leader of Germany’s Catholic bishops that the country already had “a very good evangelical church” and “we don’t need two.” The pope recalled his remark to Bishop Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German bishops’ conference, during a conversation with the editors of Read more

Synod cannot ignore difficult questions

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
Synod cannot ignore difficult questions

The cardinal tasked by Pope Francis with overseeing the Church’s global synod says he is not worried about the German reform process stressing that the synod cannot ignore difficult questions. Cardinal Mario Grech said that the criticisms of Germany are part and parcel of what it means to be a synodal Church which offers a Read more

Change threatens some bishops

Thursday, March 24th, 2022
Living with the chaos

The Bishops’ Conference of the Nordic Countries recently wrote an open letter to the German Bishops’ Conference to voice concerns over the Synodal Path now underway in Germany. They ‘“let rip” at the Germans. The Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland Church leaders’ letter is an excellent example of one group of bishops seeing the Read more

Scandinavia’s Catholic bishops let rip at Germans

Monday, March 14th, 2022

Scandinavia’s Catholic bishops and church leaders (pictured) have let their German confreres know they don’t think much of the German Synodal Way. In their March 9 letter to the German bishops’ conference, the Nordic bishops said they appreciated that there was a “palpable need for change” in Germany. However, the issues addressed were not a Read more

Germany’s Synodal Path a model for global Church reform, says observer

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
Germany’s Synodal Path a model

Germany’s Synodal Path should be a model for reforming the Church globally, according to a leading outside observer. Théo Péporté is past-president of the Council of Christian Churches in Luxembourg and former vice-president of SIGNIS (the World Catholic Association for Communications). Péporté was one of 18 international observers who attended the 12-day Synodal Way procedure, Read more

German “synodal way” pushes Catholic teaching

Thursday, October 7th, 2021
National Catholic Reporter

The German “Synodal Way,” conference has approved a draft document that appears to be at odds with Catholic teaching on sexual morality. Called “Living in Successful Relationships – Living Love in Sexuality and Partnership,” Vatican News says the draft document clearly rejects “conversion therapies for homosexuals”, pleads on behalf of “homosexual partnerships and remarried divorcees Read more

German Catholic leaders challenge Pope Francis with support for same-sex blessings

Monday, October 4th, 2021
German same-sex

German Catholic bishops and lay leaders called for their church to bless same-sex relationships, challenging a Vatican ban on the practice. The move increased pressure on Pope Francis to respond to the Germans’ progressive drive, which conservatives have warned could split the worldwide church. At a meeting in Frankfurt on Friday, German church leaders voted Read more

Cardinal Kasper ‘very worried’ about German Church’s ‘Synodal Way’

Monday, June 14th, 2021
Cardinal Kasper very worried

An influential theologian considered to be close to Pope Francis said he is “very worried” about the German Catholic Church’s controversial “Synodal Way.” Cardinal Walter Kasper the former head of the Vatican’s department for Christian unity said in a June 8 interview with the Passauer Bistumsblatt that he hoped the prayers of faithful Catholics could Read more