“You are the messenger, not the message – ultimately it is not about you”, Bishop of Mainz Peter Kohlgraf tells clerics in ordination homily
A German bishop has said the need for Catholic renewal is not about saving the Church but instead about rediscovering the gospel.
“We can no longer build our Christianity and Church life on traditions alone”, a German bishop has alerted.
German bishops are protesting en masse over the “absurd” and “theologically deficient” Vatican instruction on parish reform.
A German bishop has warned of a growing “dangerous recklessness” taking hold on the issue of nuclear weapons, and has pleaded for their removal from the country.
Recalling the end of World War II on Victory in Europe Day today, the German Churches have issued a call “to resist hatred and to advocate for justice and reconciliation”.
The German Bishops are facing multiple challenges as they meet this week in Mainz for a crucial spring assembly, with the place of women in the Church, compensation payments for clerical abuse survivors and the election of a new president and secretary at the top of their agenda.
A German bishop is shaking his head at the “loud, loveless and terrifyingly excessive criticism” of the national Church’s “synodal path” reform process as path working groups meet today for the first time.
Christians from Germany and beyond have condemned the far-right terrorist attacks in Hanau in which at least nine people were killed.
A German bishop has fired back at Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah for their controversial statements on mandatory priestly celibacy, recalling that the discipline is “not an unchangeable Church law”.
A German prelate urged pastors to better persuade and convince, explaining that “people no longer swallow something just because a bishop says it”.
A German bishop has recognised that women’s exclusion from ordination is “fundamentally unjust and inappropriate”.
Two German dioceses are warning that the traditional model of parishes led solely by priests are soon to be the “exception”.
“The truths of our faith cannot be rigid and immovable points of view”, German bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg has warned.
“The objections of Rome to the ordination of women often fail to convince”, the Bishop of Mainz in Germany, Peter Kohlgraf, has lamented.
The Bishop of Mainz has defended the German Church’s “binding synodal way” against the criticisms – of cardinals and others – that the process could lead to splits in the national and universal Church.