- Apr 7, 2020
Germany’s Catholic bishops on Thursday approved new guidelines that likely will provide for payments ranging up to about 50,000 euros each for victims of sexual abuse by clergy.
The German Bishops’ Conference elected Bishop Georg Baetzing of Limburg as its new leader on Tuesday.
Just ahead of the German bishops’ conference spring meeting to elect a new president, Regensburg Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer has proposed a new system for the group’s leadership.
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.