- Sep 25, 2020
The Catholic Church in Germany is setting up a new system to compensate survivors of sexual abuse by clergy that will provide for payments of up to about 50,000 euros ($58,400) each.
Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki warned that the Synodal Path reform project could lead to a “German national church.”
Churches in Germany criticized the attempt by demonstrators to “storm” the Reichstag building in Berlin, the seat of the Bundestag, or lower house of parliament.
A new survey of heads of German Catholic religious orders found abuse allegations against at least 654 members over a period of decades.
The German bishops plan to seek talks with the Vatican about its instruction on parish reforms in the Catholic Church.
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.