Thomas Sternberg said it is ‘unfortunate’ that the Synodal Way has received ‘such disruptive criticism’ by Catholics opposed to women’s ordination, same-sex unions and fundamental reform of the Church’s sacramental and hierarchical nature.
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The archdiocese said in May that the apostolic visitors would evaluate “possible mistakes” made by its leader, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki.
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.”
As the closely watched ‘Synodal Path’ in Germany moves forward, scholars in the U.S. say a bolder response from Rome is needed.
A long-awaited report published on Thursday raised serious concerns about Archbishop Heße’s handling of several cases during his time in Cologne.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) said in September that the proposal did not do justice to the Catholic understanding of the Church, the Eucharist, and Holy Orders.
At a press conference Thursday, Bishop Bätzing said that abuse victims should receive compensation in recognition of their suffering “without great bureaucratic effort."
The 57-page text advocated “reciprocal Eucharistic hospitality” between Catholics and Protestants, based on previous ecumenical agreements on the Eucharist and ministry.
Father Langendörfer, who has held the position since 1996, indicated on Wednesday that he had accepted his re-election on a temporary basis, fueling speculation that the bishops had failed to agree on a suitable candidate to replace him.