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

The German Synodal Way: A CNA explainer 

The “Synodal Way” – in German: Synodaler Weg – is a controversial discussion process underway in Germany with the declared... Read more

Essen Cathedral, Germany.

Catholics submit ‘dubium’ to Vatican asking if Church in Germany is in schism

Three Catholics from the Diocese of Essen have formally requested a ruling from the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation. Read more

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

Cardinal Marx offers resignation to Pope Francis

“Without doubt, these are times of crisis for the Church in Germany,” the cardinal wrote to the pope. Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki.

Pope Francis orders apostolic visitation of Cardinal Woelki’s Cologne archdiocese

Apostolic visitors will evaluate “possible mistakes” by the cardinal and archdiocesan officials. Read more

Cardinal Vinko Puljić in Marija Bistrica, Croatia, in 2012.

Bosnian cardinal: Synodal Way’s ‘exotic ideas’ alien to a Church that survived communism

Cardinal Vinko Puljić said: “We cannot understand a Church in which sacrifice is a foreign word.” Read more

Thomas Sternberg, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK).

German Catholic, Protestant leaders share communion at ecumenical event

The gathering took place amid a controversy about intercommunion that drew the Vatican’s attention. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Benedict XVI to minor seminary: What has withered in Germany still blossoms in Poland

The 94-year-old pope emeritus was writing to the minor seminary in Częstochowa. Read more

Stock photo.

Parents detect disgraced sexologist’s theories in German Church’s abuse commission report

A parents’ association claimed that text contained theories linked to psychologist Helmut Kentler. Read more

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

Court upholds German municipality’s pro-life prayer vigil ban

The court dismissed a challenge to a ban on a prayer vigil in front of a pre-abortion advisory center. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg

German Catholic bishops’ leader: ecumenical event ‘not about intercommunion’

Bishop Georg Bätzing insisted that the church services attended by both Catholics and Protestants would be “ecumenically sensitive.” Read more

Pavica Vojnović, who has led pro-life vigils in Pforzheim, southwest Germany.

Court hears pro-life challenge to German municipality’s prayer vigil ban

In 2019, the municipality in Pforzheim, southwest Germany, denied pro-lifers permission to hold vigils near a pre-abortion advisory center. Read more

Pope Francis receives German foreign minister Heiko Mass in a private audience at the Vatican, May 12, 2021.

German foreign minister welcomes day of same-sex blessings ahead of papal audience

Heiko Maas backed the blessing ceremonies held in around 80 German cities on May 10. Read more

A blessing service as part of a day of action in defiance to the Vatican’s ruling on same-sex unions in the Youth Church in Würzburg, Germany, May 10, 2021.

German Catholics defy Vatican with blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples

Ceremonies took place in around 80 cities, though the precise number of services is unknown. Read more

The flag of Germany.

Father Weinandy: ‘If the German Synodal Way is not heading for schism, it has fooled a lot of people’

The theologian made the comment after the German bishops’ leader said the country’s Catholics were not “schismatics.” Read more

The hand of the statue of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Square, pictured Feb. 28, 2013.

German Catholic group calls on bishops to unite with Rome

The appeal came ahead a day of protest in Germany against the Vatican’s “no” to same-sex blessings. Read more

Churches in Germany are flying LGBT pride flags in response to the Vatican’s ‘no’ to same-sex blessings.

German Catholic diocese hosts event declaring same-sex blessings a case of ‘not if, but how’

The Diocese of Essen held the conference ahead of a nationwide event defying the Vatican’s “no” to same-sex blessings. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

German Catholic bishops’ leader: We are not ‘schismatics’

Bishop Bätzing said the German Church remains close to Rome, despite tensions over same-sex blessings, Communion for Protestants, and the... Read more

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

German cardinal takes further action in wake of independent abuse report

A German cardinal has announced further action following the release of a long-awaited independent report on the handling of abuse... 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

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, pictured May 21, 2015.

English Catholic bishop fears Germany’s ‘Synodal Path’ will lead to ‘de facto schism’

An English Catholic bishop has said he fears that the German Church’s “Synodal Way” will lead to a “de facto... Read more