In an exchange with Tobias Winstel, the 94-year-old retired pontiff reflected on the concept of the “Amtskirche,” a German term that can be translated as “institutional Church” and is used to refer to the large number of Church-tax funded structures and institutions in Germany.
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In a statement, the head of the German bishops’ conference said the Pope called on the Church in Germany to “help shape the path of synodality” for the upcoming Synod of Bishops for the universal Church.
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In his letter to Pope Francis, Cardinal Marx said that the investigations and reports of abuse over the past 10 years consistently showed for him that there had been “many personal failures and administrative mistakes but also institutional or ‘systemic’ failure.”
Organizers held a day of protest on May 10 in response to the Vatican’s recent declaration that the Church cannot bless same-sex unions.
As the closely watched ‘Synodal Path’ in Germany moves forward, scholars in the U.S. say a bolder response from Rome is needed.
The statement, drafted at the University of Münster, described the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s clarification as lacking “theological depth, hermeneutical understanding, and explanatory rigor.”
In June 2019, Pope Francis sent a 28-page letter to German Catholics urging them to focus on evangelization in the face of a “growing erosion and deterioration of faith.”
German media has reported that Pope Francis told Bishop Algermissen that the “Synodal Way” was too focused on “political questions,” such as the position of women in the Church and priestly celibacy.
Cardinal Stella said that the meeting could take place “in due course” if the bishops wished to present their objections to the instruction, issued July 20.