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The cross of the German “Synodal Way.”

Critics challenge German Synodal Way in light of abuse study

Jan 30, 2024

By AC Wimmer

A new study looking at survivors of abuse within the Evangelical Church in Germany calls into doubt the narrative that... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, Germany, (left) and Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki of Poznań, Poland.

Confronting controversy: German-Polish bishops’ dialogue highlights synodal way tensions

Nov 28, 2023

By AC Wimmer

A public dispute between the German Bishops’ Conference president and his Polish counterpart took another turn on Monday. Read more

The cross of the German “Synodal Way”

The Vatican’s statements on the German Synodal Way: a timeline

Nov 21, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Tuesday was not the first time Pope Francis and the Vatican have expressed reservations about the German Synodal Way. Read more

Marc Frings speaking at a press conference of the German "Synodal Way" on February 4, 2022

German ‘Synodal Way’ a ‘conscious statement against Catechism,’ says official

Jul 19, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The German “Synodal Way” is aiming to change the Church’s teaching on homosexuality by proposing “a conscious statement against the... Read more

The ‘Synodal Way’ began Dec. 1, 2019.

'Is a new Reformation dawning in Germany?' Initiative writes to bishops around the world

Feb 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

As the opening assembly of the Synodal Way is taking place in Germany, the “New Beginning” initiative has warned of... Read more

The Catholic Cathedral of Limburg in Hesse, Germany.

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

Jul 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Jun 24, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Cardinal Kasper ‘very worried’ about German Church’s ‘Synodal Way’

Jun 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Walter Kasper said he hoped that the prayers of faithful Catholics “will help to steer the Synodal Way in... Read more

Archbishop Samuel Aquila (L) delivers brief remarks during the funeral Mass for Boulder police officer Eric Talley on March 29, 2021, in Denver, Colorado.

Archbishop Aquila: My letter on ‘Synodal Way’ is a call to conversion, not division

May 28, 2021

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver expounded on his recent open letter on the German bishops’ “Synodal Way,” in an interview... 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

May 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco

Archbishop Cordileone supports Archbishop Aquila’s call for repentance for German synodal path

May 27, 2021

The Archbishop of San Francisco has publicly supported Archbishop Aquila’s response to the German bishops’ “synodal path.” Read more

Archbishop Samuel Aquila

Archbishop Aquila: Germany's synodal path needs repentance, belief, truth

May 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

The German Catholic bishops and those involved in the synodal path of the Church in Germany must be the first... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German bishops’ conference.

German Catholic bishops’ leader: ‘Synodal Way’ and Rome synod have ‘common goal’

May 21, 2021

Bishop Georg Bätzing welcomed the new global “process” for the synod on synodality. 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’

May 10, 2021

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

May 10, 2021

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

The Catholic Cathedral of Limburg in Hesse, Germany.

George Weigel: Church in Germany called to fidelity to revelation

May 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Church in Germany is called to follow revealed truth rather than the spirit of the times, George Weigel, biographer... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

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

May 6, 2021

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

Mar 17, 2021

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

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg. Credit: Diocese of Regensburg.

Catholic bishop: ‘Synodal Way’ procedures give impression of ‘authoritarian despotism’

Feb 4, 2021

A German Catholic bishop said on Wednesday that he detected an “authoritarian despotism” in the procedures of the country’s controversial... Read more

Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, pictured Oct. 24, 2019.

Vatican to discuss parish instructions with German bishops, not Synodal Way committee

Oct 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican has told the German Bishops’ Conference that a forthcoming meeting in Rome to discuss Germans’ concerns about the... Read more