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German Catholic leader criticizes request to halt public worship in Holy Week

Germany’s leading Catholic bishop has criticized a request to halt public worship during a “hard lockdown” from Holy Thursday to... Read more

Then-Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, now prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks at the Holy See press office, Sept. 8, 2015.

More than 200 German-speaking theology professors criticize Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings

More than 200 theology professors in the German-speaking world have signed a statement criticizing the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for... Read more

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

German Catholic archbishop offers to resign from office after abuse report findings

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

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne. Credit: www.ewtn.de.

‘We have finally established clarity’: an interview with Cardinal Woelki on the Gercke report

The full text of Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki’s interview with CNA Deutsch, following the publication of an independent report on... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. Credit: Jochen Rolfes/Archdiocese of Cologne.

German cardinal facing calls to resign welcomes release of independent abuse report

A German cardinal facing calls to resign has welcomed the release of a long-awaited report on the handling of abuse... Read more

Thomas Sternberg, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), speaks at a ‘Synodal Way’ press conference.

Catholics and Protestants in Germany announce intercommunion move despite Vatican objections

Catholics and Protestants in Germany have announced that they will press ahead with intercommunion at an event in May despite... Read more

Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz. Credit: Bistum Mainz.

German Catholic bishops call for change to Catechism on homosexuality

A German Catholic bishop has publicly defended his support for a book of blessings and rites for homosexual unions.  Read more

Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg.

German Catholic archbishop asks Vatican to review his handling of abuse allegations

A German archbishop asked the Vatican Friday to review his handling of abuse allegations.   Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pictured in Rome Feb. 24, 2019.

Cardinal Marx dissolves embattled Catholic community in Munich archdiocese

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has dissolved an embattled Catholic community in his archdiocese of Munich and Freising.  Read more

Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, pictured Oct. 24, 2019.

Vatican to discuss parish instructions with German bishops, not Synodal Way committee

The Vatican has told the German Bishops’ Conference that a forthcoming meeting in Rome to discuss Germans’ concerns about the... Read more

The Frauenkirche, the cathedral of the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Munich archdiocese: Church tax income rises as record numbers depart

The German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising announced Friday that it received 665 million euros in income from the church tax last... Read more

The final press conference of the German bishops’ fall general assembly Sept. 24, 2020 in Fulda.

Germany’s Catholic bishops agree on uniform compensation system for abuse victims

Germany’s Catholic bishops agreed this week to a uniform system for compensation payments to abuse survivors.  Read more

The interior of St. Joseph’s Church in Wedding, Berlin, Germany.

Priest punched during Sunday Mass in Berlin

An unknown assailant punched a priest during Sunday Mass in Berlin, Germany.  Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

German bishops to accept Vatican offer of 'clarifying discussion' on parish instruction

The German Bishops' Conference has said it will accept the Vatican's invitation to discuss the new instruction on parishes at... Read more

Dr. Ulrich Lehner.

Theology professor: German theology no longer has worldwide impact

Theology in Germany, with a few exceptions, is in a crisis. This is the conclusion reached by a German theology... Read more

Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, pictured Oct. 24, 2019.

Vatican cardinal invites German bishops to discuss parish instruction

A Vatican cardinal has invited German bishops to Rome to discuss their criticisms of a new instruction on parishes.   Read more

Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Cardinal Kasper defends Vatican instruction on parishes

Cardinal Walter Kasper has defended a new Vatican instruction on parishes after it was criticized by several German bishops.   Read more

From left: Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne, and Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrück.

Germany’s Catholic bishops divided over Vatican instruction on parishes

A new Vatican instruction on parishes has received a mixed reception in Germany.  Read more

Church in Germany receives highest ever church tax income despite record exodus

The Church in Germany received more money in church tax than ever before in 2019 despite losing a record number... Read more

Xanten Cathedral, Germany.

Survey finds 30% of German Catholics are considering leaving Church

A survey released Thursday found that 30% of German Catholics are considering leaving the Church.  Read more