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Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at the Holy See press office, Oct. 27, 2017.

Cardinal Marx apologizes for sex abuse by clerics in Germany

Sep 25, 2018

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, chairman of the German bishops' conference, personally apologized Tuesday for “failure and pain”... Read more

Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Cologne, Germany.

Leaked German study documents thousands of sexual abuse cases

Sep 12, 2018

A study commissioned by the German bishops’ conference reports the sexual abuse of thousands of children in that country over... Read more

After CDF letter, German bishops' next assembly to explore intercommunion

Jun 27, 2018

Following months of controversy, the German bishops' conference have said they will further explore, in accordance with a letter from... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising and Cardinal Rainier Woelki of Cologne in Rome, March 14, 2013.

Cardinal Marx reportedly to speak to Pope Francis on intercommunion handout

Apr 19, 2018

The German bishops' conference has denied reports that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has rejected its planned... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican reportedly rejects German bishops' proposal for intercommunion of spouses

Apr 18, 2018

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a planned proposal by the German bishops' conference to... Read more

Xanten Cathedral, Germany.

Critic: German Catholicism is rich – but in the wrong ways

Aug 11, 2017

The Catholic Church in Germany is “spiritually impoverished and in decline, yet rich in material means.”  Read more

Report claims decades of abuse against 500 German choir boys

Jul 18, 2017

A new report claims that more students of a prestigious German choir were subjected to physical abuse than originally thought,... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the bishops of Germany during their ad limina visit to the Vatican, Nov. 20, 2015.

German bishops say the divorced-and-remarried may receive Communion

Feb 1, 2017

By Elise Harris

The German bishops have published their own guidelines on Amoris laetitia allowing, in certain cases, for divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, who may have failed to remove an abusive priest in 2006, at a press conference in Rome, Oct. 5, 2015.

Cardinal Marx faces accusations over handling of alleged abuse case

Aug 19, 2016

Accusations have been raised in a number of German media that Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising failed to... Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2015.

Number of German priest ordinations plummets to new low

Aug 18, 2016

Never before have so few Catholic priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men joined... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein at the Vatican Press Conference presenting the CD Cantate Domino by Sistine Chapel on Sept. 29, 2015.

Archbishop Ganswein calls German Church Tax 'a serious problem'

Jul 18, 2016

Archbishop Georg Ganswein has criticized the German Church Tax process, calling its handling of people opting out of the controversial... Read more

German bishops release new figures: fewer churchgoers, parishes, and priests

Jul 16, 2016

Figures released Friday by the German bishops' conference draw a bleak picture of the ongoing decline of Catholicism in Germany.  Read more

Bishop Heiner Koch, who was appointed Archbishop of Berlin June 8, 2015.

Bishop Heiner Koch, a German delegate to Family Synod, appointed Berlin archbishop

Jun 8, 2015

The Vatican confirmed on Monday, June 8 that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Heiner Koch of Dresden-Meissen as Archbishop of... Read more

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