- May 13, 2021
Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference, defended the plan for “ecumenically mindful” reception of Communion in Catholic and Protestant services during Germany’s ecumenical congress May 13-16.
One of Germany’s top prelates has criticized an upcoming Catholic-backed initiative providing blessings for same-sex couples, saying blessings hold spiritual significance and therefore should never be used for political ends or as a means of protest.
In a wide-ranging interview, the head of the German bishops’ conference called for far-reaching changes to the Catholic Church and criticized the Vatican’s treatment of the church in his country.
Germany has become to Church politics what California is on the American scene, meaning a strongly blue state which tends to favor the most progressive choice on any menu.