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Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg.

Pope Francis declines resignation of German Catholic archbishop

Hamburg Archbishop Stefan Heße announced in March that he was offering his resignation. Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg, southern Germany.

German Catholic bishop proposes alternative ‘Synodal Way’ text

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer presented the text on a new website. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

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

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

The Catholic Cathedral of Limburg in Hesse, Germany.

More than 220,000 people left the Catholic Church in Germany in 2020

The figure was lower than the record number set in 2019. Read more

Fr. Andreas Wollbold, a professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany.

Theologian: Germany’s practicing Catholics need more encouragement

“They are the avant-garde, and not the last of the Mohicans,” said Fr. Andreas Wollbold. Read more

Deutsche Bischofskonferenz/Matthias Kopp.

Vatican cardinal urges unity with universal Church on Germany visit

Cardinal Parolin was marking the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and the Vatican. Read more

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

Pope Francis encourages us to continue on ‘Synodal Way,’ says German bishops’ leader after audience

Bishop Bätzing said he “made it clear that the rumors that the Church in Germany wants to go its own... Read more

St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, the cathedral of the Berlin’s Catholic archdiocese.

Berlin Catholic archdiocese releases previously unpublished section of abuse report

Part C of the report presents the personnel files of 61 accused clerics. Read more

The Regensburger Domspatzen, a choir based at Regensburg Cathedral in Bavaria, Germany.

Girls’ choir to join 1,000-year boys’ choir at German Catholic cathedral

The Regensburger Domspatzen choir traces its roots back to the year 975. Read more

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 January 2020.

Pope Francis declines Cardinal Marx’s resignation

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

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

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

Cardinal Camillo Ruini answers questions at the Vatican press office on June 17, 2014.

Cardinal Ruini sees ‘risk of schism’ in Germany after Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings

“I hope with all my heart that there will not be any schism, and I pray for this,” said the... Read more

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

Synods, doctrine, and changing the Catechism: an interview with Stephan Kampowski

What should we make of recent calls for changes to the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Stephan Kampowski assesses the... Read more

The Catholic Cathedral of Limburg in Hesse, Germany.

Survey: One in three Catholics in Germany thinking of leaving Church

One in three Catholics in Germany is thinking of leaving Church, according to a new survey. Read more

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

Record numbers leave Church in Munich archdiocese

A record number of people left the Church in the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising last year, a local... Read more