- Sep 25, 2020
The recent appointment of six women to the Vatican’s chief financial body has been praised as a significant stride in Pope Francis’s consistent insistence that more women are needed in leadership roles.
In a recent interview, the new president of the German bishops’ conference signaled openness to both married priests and women’s ordination, and appeared to criticize a lengthy essay by Pope Benedict XVI on the root causes of the clerical sexual abuse crisis.
The German Bishops’ Conference elected Bishop Georg Baetzing of Limburg as its new leader on Tuesday.
This year’s spring assembly of the German bishops’ conference, scheduled in Mainz March 2-5, will be dominated by the election of a successor to the its current president, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising.
On Tuesday, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx announced that he will not seek a second term as head of the national bishops’ conference, citing age and a desire to spend more time in his archdiocese as key reasons for the decision.
The first synodal assembly on the future of the Catholic Church in Germany drew both praise and some criticism, with many of the 230 participants lauding what they called a special atmosphere in the debates on key reforms.