Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

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

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

Head of German Catholic bishops will not deny Protestants Communion

Monday, March 1st, 2021
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The president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference said he will continue to give Holy Communion to Protestants who ask for it. Bishop Georg Bätzing said it was necessary to respect the “personal decision of conscience” of those seeking to receive Communion. CNA Deutsch reported that Bätzing responded to a question about a controversial proposal Read more

Over 1.5 million German Catholics reiterate urgent need for change

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Groups representing over 1.5 million German Catholics have again said there is an urgent need for change in the Church. The Church must change if it is to reverse its loss of credibility, they say. “Constructive dialogue and debate on necessary reforms are absolutely essential” at this point in the life of the Church. In Read more

Women pushing for equality

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Monika Schmelter is one of the women who crisscrosses the country to press for equal rights in the Catholic Church. The reason, she points out is that people are leaving the church in droves — including her own children. Many women share her experience of seeing their children turn their backs on the church. In Read more

Streamlining formation of priests considered

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

The formation of priests is under the spotlight in Germany because of an ongoing reduction in candidates for the priesthood. Where there were 594 candidates in 2011, this has whittled to just 211 at present, says Heinrich Timmerevers, Bishop of Dresden-Meissen. The decline in candidate numbers has had Germany’s Catholic bishops considering ways of streamlining Read more

Germany’s synodal way gets the nod from pope

Monday, June 29th, 2020

The German Catholic Church’s synodal way has been approved by Pope Francis, says German bishops’ conference president Bishop Georg Bätzing . After meeting with Francis on Saturday, Bätzing said he felt “strengthened by the intensive exchange with the Holy Father to continue on the path we have taken. “The pope appreciates this project, which he Read more

Over 100 people contract COVID-19 at Church

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Dozens of people who attended at a Baptist church service in Frankfurt on 10 May are being sought by German authorities as they may have been exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19). So far more than 107 people tested positive for the virus, six of whom have been taken to hospital. Those at the service followed Read more

Germany’s churches open but with restrictions

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Many of Germany’s churches have reopened as the country begins to ease the past six weeks’ coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. Everyone attending services must wear masks and stay apart from each other. No singing is permitted. As well as extra hygiene requirements, members of the congregation have to sit in designated seats 1.5 meters apart. All Read more