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As synod council meets, 'shadow council' pushes acceptance of gay unions

May 26, 2015

While the Synod of Bishops' ordinary council gathered to discuss the upcoming Synod on the Family this week, a private... Read more

Marienplatz square in Munich, Germany.

A crisis in the German church? Synod questionnaire would suggest so

May 2, 2015

By Carl Bunderson

The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world... Read more

As church-goers wane, Germany's controversial tax prompts unease

Feb 12, 2015

By Jan Bentz

While church attendees dwindle in Germany, questions have arisen once again over the controversial state-imposed church tax – and whether... Read more

For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

Nov 6, 2014

As Cardinal Walter Kasper prepares to receive an award and give a speech at The Catholic University of America later... Read more

Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz van Elst on June 1,2012

German bishop accused of luxurious lifestyle resigns (Updated)

Mar 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a March 26 statement the Holy See announced its acceptance of the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebarts-van Elst, noting... Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg, Germany in Rome Sept. 11, 2013.

German bishop says 'forces at work' against Bishop Tebartz

Sep 11, 2013

A German bishop has voiced his support of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, who made headlines recently for being... Read more