- May 7, 2021
Critics charge that in the German “synodal path,” the suffering of abuse victims is being weaponized for ideological ends by forces seeking to revive old arguments in Catholicism over power and sex, trying to use the abuse crisis to justify profound changes in Catholic teaching and tradition.
The concept of “pontifical secrecy,” if not quite on life support, has certainly seen better days.
German Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s recent comments on priestly celibacy are merely the latest chapter of his role as a protagonist in the Francis papacy.
The opening week of October’s Synod of Bishops served up a “best of times, worst of times” dynamic with regard to the clerical sexual abuse scandals.
Throughout Germany the new guidelines concerning Communion for Protestant spouses of Catholics have been causing some confusion.
The new head of a commission representing Europe’s Catholic bishops pledged to combat populism and promote European unity.
The president of the German Bishops’ Conference has declared that, in his view, Catholic priests can conduct blessing ceremonies for homosexual couples.
Speaking to the press about a highly unusual vote of confidence in the pope given by his Council of Cardinals, Cardinal Reinhard Marx said, “We didn’t want to make a great drama but it was time to repeat that we support the pope and we are together with him.”