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Katharina Westerhorstmann.

Theologian resigns from German ‘Synodal Way’ forum on sexual morality

Jun 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Katharina Westerhorstmann, who teaches theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s campus in Austria, objected to ideas advanced by the forum. Read more

The Catholic Cathedral of Limburg in Hesse, Germany.

Rector of German Catholic seminary found dead

Jun 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Diocese of Limburg said: ‘We have lost a committed and much-appreciated pastor.’ Read more

Bishop Gebhard Fürst of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany.

Muslim and Protestant politicians receive Communion at German Catholic event

Jun 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

Organizers of the German March for Life said they were barred from having a stall. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

Germany’s Bishop Bätzing defends promotion of priest accused of sexual harassment

May 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The chairman of the German bishops’ conference said he would handle the case differently today. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German bishops’ conference, meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, June 24, 2021.

German bishops’ leader expresses disappointment in Pope Francis

May 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Georg Bätzing insisted that ‘the teaching of the Catholic Church’ must be ‘changed.’ Read more

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

Germany’s Munich archdiocese spent around $1.5 million on abuse report

May 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

The report, published in January, faulted Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Reinhard Marx. Read more

Anselm Bilgri

Pope Francis dismisses prominent German ex-monk from clerical state

May 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

Anselm Bilgri is a well-known figure in the German-speaking Catholic world. Read more

Andreas Sturm, the former vicar general of the German Diocese of Speyer.

Senior German priest leaves Catholic Church

May 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

Andreas Sturm, a former vicar general, will now be a member of Germany’s Old Catholic community. Read more

The third Synodal Assembly of the ‘Synodal Way’ in Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 4, 2022.

Cost of Germany’s ‘Synodal Way’ remains a mystery

May 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

A spokesman declined to give a breakdown of the costs of the multi-year project. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the closing press conference of the spring plenary meeting of the German bishops’ conference.

German Catholic bishops’ leader replies to Nordic bishops’ ‘Synodal Way’ critique

Apr 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Nordic bishops cautioned against ‘capitulation to the Zeitgeist.’ Read more

Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen, Germany.

Women commissioned to confer baptisms in German Catholic diocese

Mar 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Essen is the 1st diocese in Germany to take the step. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

German Catholic bishops’ leader calls for change to Catechism on sexuality

Mar 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Georg Bätzing said: ‘Sexuality is a gift from God. And not a sin.’ Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki and Bishop Georg Bätzing.

Polish Catholic bishops’ leader expresses ‘fraternal concern’ over German ‘Synodal Way’

Feb 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki questioned whether the initiative was rooted in the Gospel. Read more

Cardinal Friedrich Wetter.

Munich abuse report: Cardinal Wetter apologizes for mishandling case

Jan 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Friedrich Wetter was archbishop of Munich and Freising from 1982 to 2007. Read more

Bishop Helmut Dieser, chairman of the Synodal Way forum on ‘Living in Successful Relationships,’ welcomes the #OutInChurch campaign, Jan. 24, 2022.

German Catholic bishops welcome initiative seeking change in Church teaching on sexuality

Jan 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

The campaign criticized what it said were ‘defamatory and outdated’ expressions of Catholic doctrine. Read more

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

Benedict XVI, Cardinal Marx faulted in Munich abuse report

Jan 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

The report covers 1977 to 1982, when the future Benedict XVI led the archdiocese. Read more

A 40 Days for Life event in Pforzheim, Germany.

Court declares German city’s restrictions on pro-life prayer vigil unlawful

Dec 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The court upheld the right to free assembly. Read more

Pavica Vojnović, leader of the pro-life prayer vigils in Pforzheim, Germany.

Pro-lifers win right to appeal ruling on German municipality’s prayer vigil ban

Dec 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

The challenge was spearheaded by a member of 40 Days for Life. Read more

Irme Stetter-Karp, the new president of the Central Committee of German Catholics.

Influential German Catholic lay group elects new leader

Nov 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

Irme Stetter-Karp succeeds the high-profile Thomas Sternberg. Read more