Stetter-Karp is expected to play a critical role in the conclusion of Germany’s contentious “Synodal Way.”
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The group of German lay faithful contend that the Synodal Path, which has ignored repeated corrections from the Vatican, is promoting disunity and paving the way for schism.
The Synodal Way is a multi-year process bringing together bishops and lay people to discuss four main topics: the way power is exercised in the Church; sexual morality; the priesthood; and the role of women.
Father Andreas Wollbold, a professor of pastoral theology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in southern Germany, discussed the publication of a 415-page study of Catholic life and communications in Germany.
The visitation comes amid criticism of Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki’s handling of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Cologne.
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Bishop Bätzing, the bishop of Limburg, noted that he would celebrate Mass in Frankfurt Cathedral on Saturday, the day on which German Catholics and Protestants are invited to attend services in one another’s churches.
Talking to reporters after his private audience with the pope, Maas said that he and Pope Francis discussed the coronavirus pandemic, the future of Europe, violence in Jerusalem, Latin America, and the clerical abuse crisis.
Maria 1.0 is inviting “all Catholics and people of goodwill” to say a decade of the rosary on May 10, thus expressing their bond with the Virgin Mary and the whole Church.
One participating professor suggested that blessings of homosexual unions should take the form of comprehensive and festive liturgies, including the proclamation of the word, a prayer of blessing, intercessions, and the exchange of rings.