Bishop Georg Bätzing

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

‘There are no easy answers’: Head of German Catholic bishops responds to Vatican’s ‘no’ on same-sex blessings

Mar 15, 2021

A leading German Catholic bishop has responded to the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples by saying that there... 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

Mar 3, 2021

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’

Feb 26, 2021

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

Feb 10, 2021

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

Bishop Georg Bätzing. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg.

Leading German Catholic bishop renews intercommunion call after Vatican objections

Nov 9, 2020

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

Bishop Heinz-Josef Algermissen.

Catholic bishop says Pope Francis is deeply concerned about German Church

Oct 9, 2020

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

Sep 22, 2020

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

The then Archbishop Luis Ladaria at the Vatican Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican’s doctrinal office critiques German theologians’ intercommunion call

Sep 21, 2020

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has criticized an appeal by German theologians for intercommunion between... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference in St. Peter’s Square, June 27, 2020.

German Catholic bishop dismisses cardinal’s fear that ‘Synodal Way’ could lead to split

Sep 18, 2020

The president of the German bishops’ conference dismissed Friday suggestions that the controversial “Synodal Way” could lead to a split... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishop's conference in St. Peter's Square, June 27, 2020.

Pope Francis ‘appreciates’ the ‘Synodal Way,’ says German bishop after private audience

Jun 27, 2020

Pope Francis “appreciates” the German Church’s “Synodal Way,” the president of the German bishops’ conference said after meeting with the... Read more

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

Catholic Church in Germany lost a record number of members last year

Jun 26, 2020

A record number of Catholics formally left the Church in Germany in 2019, according to official figures released Friday.   Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg

German bishop calls for Rome synod to discuss German synod

Jun 3, 2020

The president of the German bishops' conference has called for a synod in Rome that would discuss resolutions of the... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

Women deacons possible after 'Synodal Way,' says German bishops' chairman

Mar 10, 2020

The new chairman of the German bishops’ conference has said that calling for the ordination of women could be a... Read more