Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

Lay people permitted to officially baptise

Thursday, December 8th, 2022
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A mother of a 5-month-old is pleasantly surprised that a woman would officially baptise her child in a Catholic parish church. The Baptism occurred last Sunday at St Hedwig’s Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Essen, in the Ruhr region of Western Germany. I had no particular expectations on this issue. Still, the fact that Read more

Lay role in choosing bishops hits legal ‘snag’

Thursday, November 17th, 2022
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A call from Germany’s “synodal way” to give lay Catholics a clearly defined role in choosing bishops has run into problems. The Southern German Archdiocese of Bamberg says the decision seems incompatible with a concordat governing the appointment of bishops. In their document “Involvement of the faithful in the appointment of the diocesan bishop,” synodal Read more

Catholics in Germany don’t want to rewrite dogma, but move the discussion forward

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

When Catholics in Germany recently gathered for their latest session of the Synodal Path, there were tensions around a text arguing that current Church dogma; teachings on sexual morality need to evolve. Several bishops at the September 8-11 assembly baulked at the proposal. But Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, who is currently a Read more

The Synodal Way; a German perspective on the issues

Monday, July 25th, 2022
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Synodality in Germany, The Synodal Way,” is an oft-mentioned topic that for some is concerning, others confusing and then for another group is considered the “great future”. “Synodality is a moment of crisis,” Professor Margit Echolt from the University of Osnabrück, told Flashes of Insight. “The issues centre around the democratisation of the Church, equality, Read more

Germany’s deadly floods prompt support from the Third World

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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The Germany’s deadly floods have prompted the countries it usually helps to offer their support. Officials say at least 171 people have died since the flooding began last week. Many more are injured and 155 are missing. Images of Germany’s flooded villages and towns have prompted international aid agencies to offer compassion and concern. Agencies Read more

Keeping it together: Progressive and conservative Catholics need unity

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Earlier this month, more than a hundred Catholic parishes in Germany carried out priestly blessings of same-sex couples in defiance of the Vatican and the German bishops. The ceremonies were, in part, a response to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s recent instruction forbidding such blessings and reiterating the Church’s traditional teaching regarding Read more

Blessings for same-sex couples exacerbate tensions with Vatican

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021
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When Antje Mahler came out as queer in her teens, her family struggled to come to terms with her sexuality. She struggled to come to terms with her spirituality. “Your religion is the first thing they take away from you when you come out of the closet,” said Mahler, who was raised Catholic in Bavaria, Read more

No threat of schism, says leading German bishop

Monday, May 10th, 2021
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German Catholics are not seeking to “detach ourselves as the German national Church from Rome,” and there is no risk of schism, according to the chairman of the German Catholic bishops’ conference. Even as Catholics in Germany plan a national protest against the Vatican’s ban on blessing on same-sex couples, Bishop Georg Bätzing has insisted Read more

Risk of schism in Germany after Vatican’s same-sex blessing ‘no’

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
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Italian Cardinal, Camillo Ruini acknowledges there is a risk of schism in Germany over same-sex unions, however, he is hoping and praying it will not eventuate. “I hope with all my heart that there will not be any schism, and I pray for this,” Ruini told the Il Foglio newspaper. His comments come in response Read more

German church’s reform is not “too Protestant” says bishop

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

The German bishops’ conference president has criticised Vatican officials who regard the German Church’s reform dialogue as “too Protestant” and threatening to church unity. “For many Vatican officials, the German Catholic Church smells Protestant,” Bishop Georg Bätzing said in an online round table discussion. This did not apply “to top level Vatican officials like prefects Read more