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.
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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.
President Joe Biden has reached the 100-Day milestone for his Administration, and Catholics are assessing his record. Register correspondent Lauretta Brown joins us with a progress report for the nation’s second Catholic president. And then, we get an update from Rome from the Register’s Rome correspondent Edward Pentin on his recent coverage of an upcoming Vatican conference that gives prime time to the CEOs of COVID-19 vaccine producers Moderna and Pfizer as well as a report on a push from the German bishops to allow Protestants to receive the Holy Eucharist.
“The doors are open,” said Sternberg, who is also co-president of the German Church’s controversial “Synodal Way,” together with the German Catholic bishops’ conference president Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.
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.”