- Apr 7, 2020
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.
A Boston College conference called for greater involvement of women and laity in seminary formation.
Germany’s Catholic bishops are pressing ahead with a national reform consultation, or “synodal way,” despite cautions from the Vatican and criticism from some bishops.