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The cross of the German “Synodal Way.” | Credit: Maximilian von Lachner/Synodaler Weg

German Catholics Ask Bishops to Reconsider Synodal Way Plans

Feb 15, 2024

Ahead of a high-stakes gathering of the German bishops next Monday, a lay group warned the prelates of moving “further away from the people of God.”

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/ACI Prensa

Cardinal Fernández: Vatican’s same-sex blessings guidance is ‘clear answer’ to German bishops

Jan 3, 2024

Members of the controversial German Synodal Way overwhelmingly approved developing formalized ritual texts for same-sex blessings in March 2023.  

Bishop Georg Bätzing addresses journalists on Sept 28, 2023. | Credit: Martin Rothweiler/EWTN Germany

German Bishops Conclude Tense Gathering with all Eyes on Synod on Synodality in Rome

Sep 29, 2023

Conscious of mounting tensions and open defiance around certain issues, the assembly in Wiesbaden served as a charged prelude to more significant debates.

The Catholic Cathedral of Limburg in Hesse, Germany. | Mylius via Wikimedia (GFDL 1.2).

German Exodus: Half a Million Catholics Abandon Church in Historic Departure

Jun 28, 2023

The Catholic Church in Germany is facing an unprecedented crisis, with more than half a million baptized Catholics leaving the Church in 2022, according to figures released by the German Bishops’ Conference on June 28. 

Pope Benedict XVI | Paul Badde/EWTN

In New Book, the Late Benedict XVI Defends Christianity Against Claims of Intolerance

Jan 19, 2023

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has posthumously defended Christianity against claims of intolerance “in the name of tolerance.”

The visit of the German bishops to Rome in November 2022 began with a Holy Mass in the grottoes of St. Peter's Basilica. | German Bishops' Conference/Matthias Kopp

"Truly not an easy task": German Bishops Begin Talks in Rome amid Synodal Way Concerns

Nov 15, 2022

Amid ongoing concerns over the German Synodal Way, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference on Monday at the Vatican said unity and renewal in the Catholic Church was “truly not an easy task.”

Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg, Germany, makes his announcement on March 18, 2021 / YouTube screenshot

German Catholic Archbishop Offers to Resign from Office after Abuse Report Findings

Mar 18, 2021

A German archbishop has announced that he is offering his resignation to Pope Francis and requesting “immediate release” from all duties.