Cardinal Reinhard Marx

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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

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Bishops sign letter warning that Germany's 'Synodal Path' could lead to schism

Apr 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

An 'open letter' circulating among the world's bishops criticizes Germany's ongoing "Synodal Path" process for looking at the Church and... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx marks ‘20 years of queer worship and pastoral care’ at St. Paul parish church, Munich, southern Germany, March 13, 2022.

Priest sends open letter to German cardinal begging him to uphold Catholic teaching on homosexuality

Apr 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

A priest who works with those with same-sex attraction who want to lead chaste and faithful lives has written an... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx marks ‘20 years of queer worship and pastoral care’ at St. Paul parish church, Munich, southern Germany, March 13, 2022.

Cardinal Marx: ‘The Catechism is not set in stone. One is also allowed to doubt what it says’

Mar 31, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘I want to move Church teaching forward,’ the influential German cardinal said in a new interview. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx marks ‘20 years of queer worship and pastoral care’ at St. Paul parish church, Munich, southern Germany, March 13, 2022.

Cardinal Marx celebrates Mass marking ‘20 years of queer worship and pastoral care’

Mar 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘I desire an inclusive Church,’ he said at the Mass. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pictured in June 2016.

Cardinal Marx ‘shocked and ashamed’ by Munich abuse report

Jan 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

The report accused the cardinal of mishandling two abuse cases. 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

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

Benedict XVI, Munich, and cover-up claims: why an old allegation is resurfacing

Jan 6, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican firmly rejected the assertions in 2010. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

Cardinal Marx won’t rule out offering resignation for a 2nd time

Jul 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis declined the archbishop of Munich and Freising’s resignation in June. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at the Holy See press office, Oct. 27, 2017.

Cardinal Marx: Pope Francis’ resignation decision a ‘great challenge’

Jun 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The influential German cardinal expressed surprise at the swiftness of the pope’s response to his offer to resign. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pictured in January 2020.

Pope Francis declines Cardinal Marx’s resignation

Jun 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope asked the influential German cardinal to continue as archbishop of Munich and Freising. Read more

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

Cardinal Marx offers resignation to Pope Francis

Jun 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

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

Cardinal Marx renounces honor from German president after abuse survivors’ criticism

Apr 27, 2021

Marx asked German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier not to bestow the Federal Cross of Merit on him. Read more

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

Cardinal Marx dissolves embattled Catholic community in Munich archdiocese

Nov 20, 2020

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

Cardinal Reinhard Marx and the Secretary General of the German Bishops' Conference, Father Hans Langendörfer SJ (left). Photo: EWTN.TV

Secretary of German bishops' conference steps down

Feb 26, 2020

Langendörfer made the announcement Feb. 26, through the official media outlet of the Church in Germany. He said that he is... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 17, 2014.

Analysis: 'Querida Amazonia' and the German synod

Feb 14, 2020

By Ed Condon

Following the German reaction to Querida Amazonia, it is not clear what, if anything, could bring their synodal discussions to... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

‘A lack of courage’: Germans divided over Pope Francis’ Amazonian exhortation

Feb 12, 2020

German Church leaders have offered markedly distinct responses to Querida Amazonia, the apostolic exhortation on the Amazon region released by... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

Cardinal Marx will not seek re-election as head of German bishops' conference

Feb 11, 2020

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has notified German bishops that he will not stand to be elected to a second term as... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx speaks at a Vatican press conference Feb. 23, 2019.

In new interview, Cardinal Marx speaks on same-sex blessings

Dec 24, 2019

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has expressed the view that homosexual couples can receive a Church blessing “in the sense of a... Read more