Mainz, Germany, Mar 3, 2020 / 10:30 am
The German bishops' conference has elected Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg as its new chairman. Bätzing replaces the outgoing chairman, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Münich and Freising, and will lead the conference for a six year term.
The election of Bishop Bätzing was confirmed Tuesday, following a vote by the German bishops at their spring assembly, which is currently underway in Mainz. CNA Duetsch reported March 3 that, after no candidate received the necessary two-thirds majority during the first two rounds of voting, Bätzing was elected on the third ballot with a simple majority of votes cast.
The bishop used his first press appearance as chairman to reaffirm the conference's support for the ongoing "synodal way" being conducted in partnership with the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK).
"At the center of our considerations is the 'Synodal Way.' I fully support that," Bätzing said Tuesday.