The next Synod of Bishops will begin with consultations in local dioceses that could reenergize parish life post-COVID, but Germany’s own tumultuous ‘Synodal Path’ casts a long shadow.
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‘Into the Deepak’: Vatican Conference Gives Forum to Chelsea Clinton, Dr. Oz and Jane Goodall, as Germany’s Catholic Bishops Choose to Ignore Pope Francis
COMMENTARY: The eclectic roster of speakers at recent Vatican conferences might help explain why the Church in Germany is moving ahead so determinedly to ignore Pope Francis.
The Christian world, Rev. Alexander Garth said, “needs the Catholic identity, because it would be a great loss for Christendom if the Catholic color of faith lost its intensity.”
As the closely watched ‘Synodal Path’ in Germany moves forward, scholars in the U.S. say a bolder response from Rome is needed.
Sources in Germany say that the campaign against Cologne’s cardinal archbishop is aimed at removing him so that the synodal path can proceed without resistance.
Although his retirement was announced last year, Father Hans Langendörfer delayed his departure due to the COVID-19 crisis.
As secretary of the German bishops’ conference, the Jesuit priest has shaped the direction of the German Church for the past quarter century and has been a leading figure behind its controversial current ‘synodal path.’
“It hurts us when we see how LGBT propaganda invokes your own wording,” say the bishops, “to fight both Christianity and everyone who recognizes the true anthropology based on the Bible and natural law.”
‘We believe it is unacceptable that all issues decided in Rome, now and in the future, should be taken largely without the participation of the local Churches,’ Jesuit Father Hans Langendörfer told a German newspaper.