- Jan 24, 2020
Catholic leaders in Germany have compiled responses from lay Catholics in areas related to who holds power in the Church, sexual morals, the role of priests and the place of women in church offices in preparation for an upcoming synodal assembly to debate church reforms.
Bishop Gerhard Feige of Magdeburg voiced skepticism about a recent proposal by German theologians for Catholics and Protestants to reciprocally open access to Communion.
German Catholics insisted their national “synodal way” reform consultation will have an impact on the Church worldwide, as final preparations were completed for the consultation’s first plenary in January.
German-speaking Catholics paid tribute to Father Johann Baptist Metz, the veteran theologian who died Dec. 2 in Munster, Germany, at age 91.
The bishops of Germany, reacting to an independent study of the extent of clerical sexual abuse in their country and its possible causes, chose to initiate a “synodal” process that was not a synod or a plenary council.
The German bishops’ plans for a two-year process of consultation and deliberation on key issues facing the Catholic Church must conform to universal church law and must be approved by the pope, said the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.