Posts Tagged ‘The Catholic Church in Germany’

German Synod and Nazism: Cardinal Koch apologises

Monday, October 10th, 2022

Cardinal Kurt Koch, a top Vatican official, has met with one of Germany’s leading Catholic bishops and has “apologised” to “all those who felt offended” by a parallel he recently drew between the methods used by the country’s Synodal Path and the theories of a historic pro-Nazi Lutheran group. The closed-door meeting between the Swiss Read more

Heightened tension during meeting with Archbishop of Cologne

Monday, July 5th, 2021
Archdiocese of Cologne crisis

The pastoral council of the Archdiocese of Cologne met in mid-June with their local ordinary, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, and the mood was particularly tense. The 75 priests and lay Catholics who make up the parish council met just days after the conclusion of an apostolic visitation of the archdiocese. The Vatican investigation of the Read more

Cardinal offers resignation over Church’s mishandling of sex abuse

Thursday, June 10th, 2021
Crux Now

German cardinal Reinhard Marx has offered his resignation as archbishop over the Church’s mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases. The Church is at a “dead end” and the reputation of  its bishops has, possibly, never been lower, his resignation letter says. The pope gave Marx permission to make his letter of 21 May public. “It Read more