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Cardinal Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, at the Vatican in April 2015.

Cardinal Kasper warns German synodal way risks 'breaking its own neck'

Jun 22, 2022

By AC Wimmer

A theologian considered close to Pope Francis has warned that the German Synodal Way is at risk of “breaking its... Read more

Katharina Westerhorstmann.

Theologian resigns from German ‘Synodal Way’ forum on sexual morality

Jun 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Katharina Westerhorstmann, who teaches theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s campus in Austria, objected to ideas advanced by the forum. Read more

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

Pope Francis told Bishop Bätzing: We don’t need 2 Evangelical churches in Germany

Jun 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope recalled his remark during a conversation with the editors of Jesuit journals. Read more

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

German bishops’ leader expresses disappointment in Pope Francis

May 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Georg Bätzing insisted that ‘the teaching of the Catholic Church’ must be ‘changed.’ Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the closing press conference of the spring plenary meeting of the German bishops’ conference.

German bishops' president asserts 'the need to develop the Church's teaching'

May 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

The president of the German bishops’ conference has expressed his belief that Church teaching needs further development, in response to... Read more

The third Synodal Assembly of the ‘Synodal Way’ in Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 4, 2022.

Cost of Germany’s ‘Synodal Way’ remains a mystery

May 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

A spokesman declined to give a breakdown of the costs of the multi-year project. Read more

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver.

Archbishop Aquila: German synodal path repudiates the deposit of faith

May 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver wrote Monday to the head of the German bishops’ conference reiterating that that country’s synodal... Read more

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

German bishops' president responds to letter warning of schism risk in synodal path

Apr 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, president of the German bishops’ conference, responded Thursday to a letter warning the country’s synodal... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, was interviewed by EWTN on April 14, 2022.

Top Vatican cardinal: 'Legitimate concerns' about Germany's 'Synodal Path'

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Kurt Koch has confirmed Pope Francis’ apprehension about Germany’s “Synodal Path,” telling EWTN in an exclusive interview that critics... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Cordileone on signing letter to German bishops: ‘Christ’s teaching is timeless’

Apr 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

“The teaching of Christ is timeless. It's not bound by any one generation, any one time or culture,” Archbishop Salvatore... Read more

Catholic bishops

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

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the closing press conference of the spring plenary meeting of the German bishops’ conference.

German Catholic bishops’ leader replies to Nordic bishops’ ‘Synodal Way’ critique

Apr 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Nordic bishops cautioned against ‘capitulation to the Zeitgeist.’ Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, March 28, 2022.

Polish Catholic bishops’ leader tells Pope Francis about German ‘Synodal Way’ concerns

Mar 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘Francis distances himself from this initiative,’ the Polish bishops’ conference said. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing and Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki.

German Catholic bishops’ leader responds to Polish archbishop’s ‘Synodal Way’ criticisms

Mar 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Bätzing said he sought a ‘real theological exchange’ with Archbishop Gądecki. Read more

Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Stockholm at a consistory in St. Peter’s Basilica on June 28, 2017.

Nordic Catholic bishops: German ‘Synodal Way’ fills us with worry

Mar 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

The bishops cautioned against ‘capitulation to the Zeitgeist.’ Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki and Bishop Georg Bätzing.

Polish Catholic bishops’ leader expresses ‘fraternal concern’ over German ‘Synodal Way’

Feb 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki questioned whether the initiative was rooted in the Gospel. Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2019.

Can Cardinal Hollerich help to reconcile the German ‘Synodal Way’ with the global synodal process?

Feb 10, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A working group is bringing together leaders of the two initiatives. Read more

The third Synodal Assembly of the ‘Synodal Way’ in Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 4, 2022.

German ‘Synodal Way’ meeting ends with call for same-sex blessings, change to Catechism on homosexuality

Feb 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

The votes came on the third and final day of a meeting of the Synodal Assembly. Read more

‘Synodal Way’ flags fly in front of the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt in Germany.

German ‘Synodal Way’ members back text calling for women priests

Feb 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

The appeal passed by 174 votes in favor, 30 against, and 6 abstentions. 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