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  • Pope Francis exhorts German Catholics to continue on ‘Synodal Path’

    06/30/2020 9:11:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 29, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    Pope Francis exhorts German Catholics to continue on ‘Synodal Path’ The bishops' pathway defends the use of contraception, the practice of masturbation, and an active homosexual lifestyle. VATICAN CITY, June 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis encouraged Bishop Georg Bätzing, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference, to continue to pursue what is called the Synodal Path in Germany. “I feel strengthened by the intensive exchange with the Holy Father to continue on the path we have taken,” the bishop of Limburg said after his private audience last Saturday. During the process, which was officially launched late last year, preparatory...
  • [Catholic Caucus] German theologian calls for female cardinals and preachers – based on Pope Francis’ teaching

    06/17/2020 11:47:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 16, 2020 | Maike HIckson
    German theologian calls for female cardinals and preachers – based on Pope Francis’ teaching Well-known German Catholic theologian Thomas Schüller says that 'women should be in the future the primary and initial proclaimers of the Gospel. They are the true prophets' June 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Thomas Schüller, a well-known Catholic German theologian, claims that Pope Francis' post-synodal exhortation Querida Amazonia shows that the Pope wants to give women real “leadership positions” in the Church, and he proposes that “one should seriously reflect in a courageous manner about the cardinalate.”  In addition, this theologian even sees in this papal text...
  • [Catholic Caucus] German archdiocese celebrates Corpus Christi with photos of monstrance in profane places

    06/16/2020 8:42:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 15, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    [Catholic Caucus] German archdiocese celebrates Corpus Christi with photos of monstrance in profane places Photos showed the monstrance in a playground, on a trophy room shelf, and on a park bench. MUNICH, Germany, June 15, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In a new publicity stunt for the feast of Corpus Christi (where Catholic celebrate the body of Christ in Holy Communion), the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, headed by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, is promoting photos of a monstrance with a non-consecrated host in profane places like a playground, a trophy room, and a park bench.  The photos are accompanied by short texts without...
  • The Synod of Germany Has At Least Three Antecedents. All Ended With a Schism

    06/15/2020 3:53:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | June 15, 2020 | Roberto Pertici / Sandro Magister
    The Synod of Germany Has At Least Three Antecedents. All Ended With a Schism The “Synodale Weg” underway in Germany is revealing itself more each day as a serious risk for the “path” of the Catholic Church, not only German but universal.To realize this, just browse the documents it has produced so far:> Sex, Women, Power. The Three Challenges Germany Is Issuing To the ChurchAnd also note the concerns it has engendered in an otherwise pro-German pope like Francis:> Francis and the Schism of Germany. History of a NightmareOn Settimo Cielo, Professor Pietro De Marco has repeatedly criticized the theological...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Priest in Germany tells laity to say Mass prayers over bread and wine at home

    06/09/2020 7:50:23 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 8, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    [Catholic Caucus] Priest in Germany tells laity to say Mass prayers over bread and wine at home 'I deliberately inserted the communion part and asked the people at home to take a piece of bread' WÜRZBURG, Germany, June 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Several parishes in the German diocese of Würzburg are publishing texts for worship services at home that include having the laity say words of “consecration” over bread, an action that is strictly reserved for priests. As churches begin to open up, the same parishes are having laity bring bread in a “lunch box” that they will hold in...
  • From the Synod of Germany To the Monastery of Bose. Anatomy of the Catholic Revolutions

    06/08/2020 4:15:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | June 8, 2020 | Sandro Magister / Pietro De Marco
    From the Synod of Germany To the Monastery of Bose. Anatomy of the Catholic Revolutions Nothing seems to break the stride of the “synodal journey” undertaken by the Catholic Church of Germany. Neither the criticisms nor the defections of the rare dissenting bishops. Nor the serious concerns of Rome: > Francis and the Schism of Germany. History of a NightmareCardinal Reinhard Marx has been succeeded, as head of the episcopal conference, by Limburg bishop Georg Bätzing (pictured). But without any course correction. No less talkative than his predecessor, the new president immediately strung together a series of reckless statements on...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Former apostolic nuncio to Germany ‘alarmed’ at bishops’ plan to ‘reinvent’ Church

    06/05/2020 5:58:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 4, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    [Catholic Caucus] Former apostolic nuncio to Germany ‘alarmed’ at bishops’ plan to ‘reinvent’ Church I have read the drafts for the four forums of the ‘synodal path’ and am alarmed at the direction that the discussion seems to be taking,' Abp. Erwin Josef Ender wrote. WÜRZBURG, Germany, June 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A former apostolic nuncio to Germany, Archbishop Erwin Josef Ender, stated that he is “alarmed” at the German bishops’ “synodal path,” which seeks to “reinvent” the Church rather than effect a genuine renewal. “Without any consideration for the genuine sources of faith and revelation, namely Scripture and Tradition,...
  • German bishops’ head: We need to speak about female ordination, ‘transport’ discussion to Rome

    05/30/2020 10:30:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 29, 2020 | Maike Hickson
    German bishops’ head: We need to speak about female ordination, ‘transport’ discussion to Rome The German synodal path, where the bishops are discussing these matters, has been under strong criticism for questioning the Church’s teachings on sexuality. May 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Bishop Georg Bätzing, the head of the German Bishops’ Conference, insisted that the rejection of female priests by recent popes is not conclusive and that there needs to be more discussion “because the question is present, in the middle of the Church!” Other projects mentioned by him are Communion for Protestants and a blessing for those who cannot...
  • [Catholic Caucus] German bishop quits synodal forum endorsing 'polyvalent sexuality'

    05/29/2020 5:26:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 29, 2020 | CNA Staff
    [Catholic Caucus] German bishop quits synodal forum endorsing 'polyvalent sexuality' An auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Cologne has announced he is no longer participating in the “Synodal Forum” on sexuality that is part of the “Synodal Path” underway in Germany.Bishop Dominikus Schwaderlapp told the newspaper Die Tagespost on May 28 that the forum was trying to cast into doubt fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church on sexual morality by referring to sexuality as “polyvalent.”The forum’s final working paper was operating on the assumption that the teachings of the Church on sexual morality required “further development,” the bishop said, adding...
  • New stats show record numbers leaving the Catholic Church in German archdiocese

    05/27/2020 3:56:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 27, 2020 | Paul Smeaton
    New stats show record numbers leaving the Catholic Church in German archdiocese MUNICH, Germany, May 27, 2020  (LifeSiteNews) – More than 10,000 people from the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising officially left the Catholic Church in 2019, with the compulsory church tax in Germany thought to be a key reason for the record number. Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports that the Munich statistical office has informed them that 10,744 Catholics formally withdrew from the Church in 2019. The previous record number of departures for the diocese came in 1992 with 9,010 people officially leaving the Church. Research by a...
  • The Synod of the German Church Under the Analyst's Lens. A Revolution That Self-destructs

    05/19/2020 4:50:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | May 19, 2020 | Sandro Magister / Pietro De Marco
    The Synod of the German Church Under the Analyst's Lens. A Revolution That Self-destructs There’s been a stir over the anthology published on Settimo Cielo of the working documents of the “synodal way” unfolding in the German Church, on the three central issues of powers in the Church, women's roles, and sexual morality.The first of the three documents represents a genuine revolution, a “democratization” of the Church with elective access to the leading roles and with the subseqent duty of the elected to respond not only to other “democratically chosen bodies” but also to “an independent jurisdiction.”But isn't this a...
  • Sex, Women, Power. The Three Challenges Germany Is Issuing To the Church

    05/06/2020 3:51:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | May 6, 20202 | Sandro Magister
    Sex, Women, Power. The Three Challenges Germany Is Issuing To the (Catholic) Church The coronavirus pandemic has made the “synodal path” of the Church of Germany disappear from the news. But meanwhile it continues forward. And on it not only the German Church, but the universal Catholic Church is staking its future: > Francis and the Schism of Germany. History of a NightmareThe synod held its first session in Frankfurt from January 30 to February 1. And the inaugural Mass, officiated by Munich cardinal Reinhard Marx, provided the portrait of it, with bishops, priests, and lay people, men and women,...
  • [Barf Alert] Head of German bishops: Coronavirus not divine punishment since ‘God does not punish’

    04/28/2020 5:43:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 28, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    Head of German bishops: Coronavirus not divine punishment since ‘God does not punish’ 'My God has not known such thoughts since Jesus died for us,' Bishop Georg Bätzing declared. LIMBURG, Germany, April 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing, has stated that the coronavirus pandemic is not God’s punishment, contradicting numerous Catholic leaders who have called COVID-19 a “chastisement.” According to the website of the Diocese of Limburg, Germany, Bätzing said on April 23 that he cannot understand people who consider COVID-19 God’s punishment. “My God has not known such thoughts since Jesus...
  • 'I want my life back': Germans protest against lockdown

    04/25/2020 7:11:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/25/20
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German police wearing riot gear and face masks tussled on Saturday with dozens of protesters demonstrating in central Berlin against the coronavirus lockdown on public life. Protesters shouted “I want my life back” and held up signs with slogans such as “Protect constitutional rights”, “Freedom isn’t everything but without freedom, everything is nothing”, and “Daddy, what is a kiss?” Police said on Twitter they had arrested more than 100 people. Some protesters tried to keep a distance from each other, sitting on the ground and wearing masks, but others clustered together. Like dozens of countries around the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] In Easter interview, German bishops’ head calls for changing Church teaching on homosexuality

    04/21/2020 7:35:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 20, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    [Catholic Caucs] In Easter interview, German bishops’ head calls for changing Church teaching on homosexuality The Church’s teaching, Bishop Bätzing claimed, 'is something that many people no longer want or can understand.' Bishop Georg Bätzing LIMBURG, Germany, April 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, has called for changing the Church’s official teaching on “practiced homosexuality” by “jumping over trenches.” “Here the statement of the Catechism is first of all that these people are to be met with esteem and respect,” Bätzing said in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine...
  • President of German Bishops’ Conference signals openness to female ‘deacons’

    03/09/2020 7:40:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 9, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    President of German Bishops’ Conference signals openness to female ‘deacons’ Bishop Georg Bätzing LIMBURG, Germany, March 9, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Georg Bätzing, the new president of the German Bishops’ Conference, has signaled that he is open to asking Pope Francis for an indult allowing female “deacons” in Germany. An indult is a special permission granted by the Vatican. In a radio interview on Sunday, Bätzing said he wanted to wait for the Synodal Path to be completed, arguing that a single bishop or even a bishops’ conference would not be able to get an indult from the Vatican. “A...
  • German bishop seemingly mocks praying for priestly vocations

    03/05/2020 10:25:00 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 5, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    German bishop seemingly mocks praying for priestly vocations Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen is one of the most left-wing bishops in Germany. MAINZ, Germany, March 5, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – As they push to make celibacy optional to Catholic priests, one German bishop implied that praying for vocations to the priesthood does not work. Speaking in a condescending tone, Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen told a press conference yesterday, “You must have a lot of trust in God not to despair in the face of the success, or the little success, that we see not only here but also in...
  • [Catholc Caucus] German bishops publicize ‘blessing of departure’ for couples getting divorced

    03/05/2020 10:09:28 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 4, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    [Catholic Caucus] German bishops publicize ‘blessing of departure’ for couples getting divorced An article on the bishops' website describes worship services with rituals that include passing around a baking pan with frozen water and ripping a curtain at the church door. BONN, Germany, March 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Several priests in Germany are offering “a kind of blessing” for Catholic couples getting a divorce.  According to an article published on the news website of the German bishops, some married couples, “despite all the injuries they have suffered, wish to have a common ritual with which they symbolically want to...
  • New head of German bishops was behind document defending contraception, masturbation, homosexuality

    03/03/2020 10:01:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 3, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    New head of German bishops was behind document defending contraception, masturbation, homosexuality Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg was elected to succeed Cardinal Marx as president of German Bishops’ Conference. Bishop Georg Bätzing MAINZ, Germany, March 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The new president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, was responsible for a working document on sexual morality published ahead of the Synodal Path in 2019 defending use of contraception, masturbation, and an active homosexual lifestyle. Last year, Bätzing had asked Catholics to discuss the question of blessing homosexual unions. A diocesan official wrote in a...
  • Diocese pressures parish to cancel talk by man who threw Pachamama in Tiber

    02/10/2020 9:00:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 10, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    Diocese pressures parish to cancel talk by man who threw Pachamama in Tiber The concern was that Alexander Tschugguel's planned talk could 'unsettle the faithful, defame the pope, and contribute to a division within the Church.' HERZOGENRATH, Germany, February 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The German diocese of Aachen has pressured a parish not to host a talk by Alexander Tschugguel, who in October 2019 threw the Pachamama statues displayed in a church into the Tiber River. According to a press release put out by parish priest Father Guido Rodheudt, the diocese feared that the talk, including a discussion immediately...