Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, said July 29 that he would be happy to receive the bishops in order to "remove doubts and perplexity" voiced by German prelates.
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Four diocesan bishops gathered for formal consultations on the topic “The Sexuality of Man – How should one discuss it scientifically-theologically and judge it ecclesiastically?” in the German capital on Dec 5.
Bishop Franz-Josef Bode told the Register that the recent synod’s push for married priests and women deacons ‘complies with our reflections’ for the German Church’s upcoming ‘Synodal Path.’
The Sept. 19 meetings followed a public exchange between the German hierarchy and the Vatican over the draft statutes for a ‘Synodal Assembly.’
If the German bishops proceed with their plans over Vatican objections, the Pope could be expected to address the matter during the upcoming Amazon synod.
COMMENTARY: An American-led schism seems so remote as to be impossible, whereas Germany’s bishops are openly defying Pope Francis.
The letter followed a week of coverage concerning plans by the German bishops.
The conference says that detailed criticisms from the Holy See concerned older draft documents and did not take into account changes.
An assessment, signed by the head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, says that the plans violate canonical norms and set out to alter universal norms and doctrines of the Church.