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Frankfurt Church leader supports plan for same-sex blessings

Jan 24, 2018

A German bishop’s proposal that the Catholic Church could provide blessing ceremonies for gay couples, as well as divorced and... Read more

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Bishops mourn victims of deadly truck detour on Berlin Christmas market

Dec 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

After 12 people were killed when a truck rammed into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market, the German bishops have... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein at the Vatican Press Conference presenting the CD Cantate Domino by Sistine Chapel on Sept. 29, 2015.

Archbishop Ganswein calls German Church Tax 'a serious problem'

Jul 18, 2016

Archbishop Georg Ganswein has criticized the German Church Tax process, calling its handling of people opting out of the controversial... Read more

Cardinal Marx at the German Bishops' press conference at the Teutonic College on October 5, 2015.

After week of silence, German bishops respond to Cologne attacks

Jan 11, 2016

A week after hundreds were attacked in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising... Read more

Regensburg Cathedral.

Regensburg bishop breaks with fellow Germans to oppose 'gender theory'

Dec 17, 2015

The Bishop of Regensburg spoke out against “gender theory” in a homily recently made available in English – chastising the... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver gives a catechesis session during World Youth Day in Rio July 25, 2013.

Denver archbishop: Would German bishops side with Henry VIII or Thomas More?

Oct 20, 2015

If divorced-and-remarried Catholics should receive communion, as Cardinal Walter Kasper and many of the German bishops suggest, does that mean... Read more

For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

Oct 19, 2015

As controversy continues to swirl around proposals by the German bishops at the Synod on the Family, the German bishops... Read more

Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University, where the May 25 secretive gathering was held.

'Shadow council' speaker pushes Church acceptance of contraception, gay sex

Jul 29, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Yes to contraception, homosexual acts, and Communion for the divorced and remarried – all considering the circumstances. No to understanding... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, one of the leaders of the secretive May 25 meeting, at the Holy See press office, Oct. 17, 2014.

Why did most of the journalists at the 'shadow council' fail to report on it?

Jun 4, 2015

Since only one quarter of the media representatives present at last week's closed-door meeting of German, French, and Swiss bishops... Read more

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

German bishops change labor laws to allow divorced and remarried, gay civil unions

May 12, 2015

By Carl Bunderson

Last week, the German bishops’ conference announced it is changing its labor laws such that contracting a civil marriage after... Read more

Cardinals talk after the consistory on November 24, 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica.

German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome

Mar 24, 2015

A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church... Read more

Morning-after pills all have abortive potential, doctor says

Feb 22, 2013

The reasoning offered by the German Catholic bishops for allowing the morning-after pill in rape cases is being faulted for... Read more

Dr. Justo Aznar speaks with CNA on Feb. 22, 2013 during his visit to Rome for the Pontifical Academy for Life's general assembly at the Vatican.

Doctor calls German bishops misled on morning-after pill

Feb 22, 2013

A leading Catholic doctor in Spain says he will write a letter to Germany's bishops to help correct what he... Read more