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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

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

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the German bishops’ spring meeting in February 2021. Credit: Sascha Steinbach/epa pool.

Leading German Catholic bishop cautions priests against intercommunion

A leading German Catholic bishop has cautioned priests against intercommunion with Protestants during an ecumenical event in May.   Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

Head of German Catholic bishops: ‘I do not deny Communion to a Protestant who asks for it’

The president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference said on Thursday that he would continue to give Holy Communion to... 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

Beate Gilles, the new general secretary of the German bishops’ conference. Credit: Schnelle/Deutsche Bischofskonferenz.

German bishops’ conference elects first female general secretary

The theologian Beate Gilles was elected general secretary of the German bishops’ conference on Monday, becoming the first woman to... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican cardinal clashes with German theologian over ‘Eucharistic meal fellowship’

A Vatican cardinal has responded to a German theologian who criticized him for opposing a proposal for a “Eucharistic meal... Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg. Credit: Diocese of Regensburg.

Catholic bishop: ‘Synodal Way’ procedures give impression of ‘authoritarian despotism’

A German Catholic bishop said on Wednesday that he detected an “authoritarian despotism” in the procedures of the country’s controversial... Read more

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

German cardinal says he will keep promise to publish abuse report

A German cardinal facing calls to resign confirmed on Thursday that he would release an eagerly awaited report on abuse... Read more

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

Confidentiality dispute piles pressure on cardinal accused of mishandling abuse cases

German media have criticized the Archdiocese of Cologne for offering to provide a “background briefing” to journalists about an unpublished... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne.

German cardinal asks Pope Francis to review his handling of abuse case

A German cardinal announced Friday that he would ask Pope Francis to review his handling of a clerical abuse case.  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

Bishop Georg Bätzing. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg.

Leading German Catholic bishop renews intercommunion call after Vatican objections

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops' conference, reaffirmed Sunday his view that intercommunion with Protestants should be possible,... 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

Bishop Heinz-Josef Algermissen.

Catholic bishop says Pope Francis is deeply concerned about German Church

Pope Francis has expressed “dramatic concern” about the Catholic Church in Germany, according to a bishop who met him this... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne.

German cardinal issues stark warning about ‘Synodal Way’

A German cardinal issued a stark warning Saturday about his country’s controversial “Synodal Way.”  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

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019.

Vatican cardinal: Pope Francis ‘concerned’ about Church in Germany

A Vatican cardinal said Tuesday that Pope Francis has expressed concern about the Church in Germany.  Read more