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

Unrest in France: Religious leaders call for dialogue and calm

Jul 3, 2023 / 15:13 pm

The French bishops also have proposed a prayer for the restoration of peace in the country.

Rejected dean: Vatican veto questions synodality

Jul 3, 2023 / 09:27 am

The professor rejected by the Vatican for the role of dean at a seminary in South Tyrol, Italy, has publicly denounced the decision. 

German exodus: Half a million Catholics abandon Church in historic departure

Jun 28, 2023 / 08:22 am

With the highest number of departures ever recorded, several German bishops have expressed dismay over the figures.

Views on sexual morality halt appointment of new dean at Italian seminary

Jun 27, 2023 / 09:30 am

The writings of Father Martin M. Lintner, OSM, have stirred controversy within Church circles.

German cardinal under investigation: Allegations of perjury prompt search of archdiocese

Jun 27, 2023 / 06:42 am

The allegations revolve around the accusation that Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki may have provided false testimony about his awareness of clergy abuse.

Ringing in a new era: the historic return of Nazi-plundered bells to Poland

Jun 26, 2023 / 10:00 am

Over the weekend, a German bishop and a state premier participated in an initiative to bring bells stolen by the Nazis to their rightful homes in Poland.

Pectoral cross of Benedict XVI stolen from Bavarian church

Jun 20, 2023 / 12:30 pm

A pectoral cross bequeathed by the late Pope Benedict XVI to a parish in his native Bavaria has been stolen from the church where it was on display.

Four German bishops block funding for permanent synodal council 

Jun 20, 2023 / 07:00 am

In a statement, the bishops said the controversial initiative goes against “the clear instruction of the pope” and would cause “even greater polarization.”

German Synodal Council challenged ahead of key Berlin meeting

Jun 19, 2023 / 16:40 pm

A prelate in the Diocese of Regensburg said the concept of synodality underlying the Synodal Way isn’t in line with canon law or the Pope Francis’ ideas.

Vatican: Gänswein to return to home diocese in July

Jun 15, 2023 / 04:31 am

Pope Francis has asked Archbishop Georg Gänswein to return to Germany “for the time being.”

Report: Gänswein ordered to leave Vatican, return to home diocese without new role

Jun 2, 2023 / 06:34 am

According to a German media report, Pope Francis is following a custom where former private secretaries of deceased popes do not remain in Rome.

Woman with Down syndrome sues over abortion law at European Court of Human Rights

May 20, 2023 / 06:00 am

Heidi Crowter announced her decision to appeal to the ECHR this week after England’s Supreme Court refused to hear her case.

Vatican’s liturgy czar rejects German Church’s plans for laity to preach homilies, conduct baptisms

Mar 30, 2023 / 13:30 pm

Cardinal Arthur Roche also said allowing laypeople to regularly perform baptisms goes against canon law.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of vice president of German bishops’ conference 

Mar 25, 2023 / 08:56 am

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode had previously refused to step down despite an abuse report finding he had mishandled cases in his diocese. 

Prosecutors drop case of alleged ‘cover up’ against Benedict XVI

Mar 22, 2023 / 16:30 pm

A potential legal case against Pope Benedict XVI over his handling of abuse during his time as archbishop of Munich has been dropped.

Gänswein to Costa Rica? Report of Benedict’s secretary becoming nuncio is ‘speculation,’ Vatican sources say

Mar 22, 2023 / 08:36 am

The future role of Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Benedict XVI’s longtime private secretary, remains unclear.

German bishops announce plans to bless same-sex unions, allow laypeople to baptize and preach at Mass

Mar 17, 2023 / 08:53 am

Following the conclusion of the German Synodal Way, several bishops have announced plans to put into practice resolutions passed by the process. 

Despite ‘no’ from Vatican, German bishops move forward with plans for Synodal Council

Mar 1, 2023 / 14:45 pm

A letter by the president of the German Bishops’ Conference published Wednesday confirms that plans for a German synodal council are progressing. 

Four women opt out of German Synodal Way, saying it ‘departs from the universal Church’

Feb 22, 2023 / 08:30 am

Ahead of the German Synodal Way’s final meeting next month, four prominent participants officially announced Wednesday they were quitting the process.

Watchdog raises concerns after arson attacks on German, French churches

Feb 21, 2023 / 07:48 am

Following an arson attack on a historic church in Germany, a European watchdog has raised concerns over hate crimes targeting Christian churches.