AC Wimmer

AC Wimmer

AC Wimmer is founding Editor-in-Chief of CNA Deutsch. The multilingual Australian, raised in Bavaria and South Africa, held senior roles at Australia's SBS and served as editor-in-chief of the historic Münchner Kirchenzeitung. A graduate in Philosophy and Chinese Studies from the University of Melbourne, Anian Christoph Wimmer — Chinese name 刘威猛 — sat on the jury of the Media Award of the German Bishops’ Conference, is a former Honorary Research Fellow in Communications at the University of Melbourne and served on the Board of Caritas in Munich.

Articles by AC Wimmer

What would Thomas Aquinas make of AI?

Feb 20, 2024 / 06:00 am

According to one German theologian, the Catholic saint and doctor of the Church can contribute to contemporary discussions about AI’s risks and role in society. 

German Catholics ask bishops to reconsider Synodal Way plans

Feb 15, 2024 / 13:00 pm

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.”

Aid group warns of violence against Christians, sees glimmer of hope in Myanmar

Feb 15, 2024 / 08:00 am

A humanitarian aid group has warned of a rise in violence against the persecuted Christian minority amid the bloody civil war in Myanmar.

Attacks against Christians in Jerusalem ‘reprehensible,’ Jewish historian says

Feb 13, 2024 / 11:45 am

“Especially in Jerusalem, orthodox activists consider themselves exemplary Jews when they spit on or even beat Christians or Muslims,” Michael Wolffsohn wrote.

‘Right to abortion’ to be codified in French Constitution

Jan 31, 2024 / 11:45 am

The plan to write access to abortion into France’s constitution was announced by President Emmanuel Macron in October 2023. 

Critics challenge German Synodal Way in light of abuse study

Jan 30, 2024 / 10:52 am

A new study looking at survivors of abuse within the Evangelical Church in Germany calls into doubt the narrative that abuse is “specific to Catholic factors.”

Vatican prefect: Fiducia Supplicans draws ‘some negative reactions’ from Christian leaders

Jan 19, 2024 / 16:00 pm

In an exclusive EWTN interview and in comments to the Vatican’s news agency, Cardinal Kurt Koch said he has received negative reactions to Fiducia Supplicans.

Amid farmers’ protests and disruptions, German bishop calls for dialogue 

Jan 8, 2024 / 13:45 pm

Bishop Georg Bätzing appealed for peaceful resolutions on Monday: “Let us approach each other and find solutions together that serve the good of all.”

‘Benedict trusted Francis. But he was bitterly disappointed,’ biographer says in new interview

Dec 29, 2023 / 10:57 am

Pope Benedict XVI’s biographer, Peter Seewald, has raised concerns about how Pope Francis is managing the legacy of his predecessor. 

Hearing the pope’s confession: Vatican confessor reflects on sacrament

Dec 10, 2023 / 11:15 am

A veteran Vatican confessor spoke about his time as confessor to Pope Francis, stressing the enduring and essential role of the sacrament.

Confronting controversy: German-Polish bishops’ dialogue highlights synodal way tensions

Nov 28, 2023 / 14:05 pm

A public dispute between the German Bishops’ Conference president and his Polish counterpart took another turn on Monday.

Vatican draws line on women’s ordination and homosexuality in new letter to German bishops

Nov 24, 2023 / 11:00 am

The letter also warned of potential disciplinary consequences for anyone defying Church teaching.

Police: Suspect in theft of Benedict XVI’s pectoral cross arrested

Oct 7, 2023 / 10:24 am

A 53-year-old suspect has been arrested in the theft of Pope Benedict XVI’s pectoral cross.

Cardinal Zen expresses concerns about Synod on Synodality in leaked letter to bishops

Oct 4, 2023 / 08:50 am

Just days before the Synod on Synodality kicked off its first round of meetings at the Vatican, a letter from Cardinal Joseph Zen was leaked to media.

German bishops conclude tense gathering with all eyes on Synod on Synodality in Rome

Sep 29, 2023 / 10:45 am

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

Swiss bishop calls for women’s ordination, end to celibacy ahead of synod

Sep 25, 2023 / 11:53 am

“It’s time to abolish mandatory celibacy,” Bishop Felix Gmür of Basel told the Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag on Sept 24.

German bishops in tug of war over blessing same-sex unions

Sep 25, 2023 / 11:23 am

Ahead of the bishops’ meeting several priests conducted an event blessing same-sex couples outside the iconic Cologne Cathedral.

Historic twin marches for life in Germany face disruptions and defiance

Sep 18, 2023 / 14:55 pm

The dual marches drew thousands and were met with both enthusiasm and confrontation as counterdemonstrators attempted to disrupt the events. 

Swiss bishops’ study finds more than 1,000 cases of clergy sexual abuse

Sep 12, 2023 / 10:35 am

The 136-page report documents 1,002 cases of abuse since the mid-20th century involving 510 accused and 921 victims.

The rise of Javier Milei: a ‘false messiah’ in Pope Francis’ homeland?

Sep 7, 2023 / 11:00 am

While some of the Argentinian presidential candidate’s views resonate with many Catholics, others starkly oppose the Church’s social teachings.